Should Baylor Bears Center Isaiah Austin Turn Pro?

By Joseph Nardone
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

If you have read my work in the past, follow me on the mean streets of Twitter or some other way of gaining my personal thoughts from inside my cranium, then you would know how I feel about athletes making decisions about their future.

I think it is unfair for us to judge, poke, prod or anything that involves a young man and the biggest decision in their lives. I mean we honestly don’t know what is going on in the kid’s life to make a better decision for him than him.

Still, because it is something worth mentioning and talking about, the show must go on. Which brings us to Baylor Bears center, Isaiah Austin.

Austin is no different than any other underclassmen who has to make a decision on whether or not to go to the NBA. Unlike some others, however, silence seems to be a constant theme while trying to figure out what he is going to do. As in, no one has a bleeping clue.

The big man had a pretty solid freshman campaign. He averaged 13 points and just over eight boards per game in just under 30 minutes an outing. But because he came to the program with a high-level of hype, some people feel that Austin was a disappointment or that he is not really ready for the pros.

Maybe he is, maybe he isn’t. Big guys tend to take longer to develop than any other kind of basketball player. He is likely a first-rounder this year or next, regardless of how he develops in the immediate future. I think the biggest decision for him is going to be if he wants to develop at school or if he would like to do so while getting a paycheck.

Really though, developing while earning a paycheck may just be to alluring to pass up.


Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone

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