Isaiah Austin injury: Baylor forward ahead of rehab schedule

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Baylor's star forward is on track for his sophomore season as he recovers from offseason surgery.

Baylor forward Isaiah Austin is ahead of schedule on his rehabilitation timetable as he recovers from offseason surgery, Gary Parrish of CBS Sports reported on Monday.

With Andrew Wiggins and Marcus Smart generating most of the headlines in the Big 12, it is easy to forget that Austin's decision to return back to Baylor for his sophomore season will still make the Bears a threat for the Big 12 crown.

Austin's decision to hold off on the NBA surprised a lot of people as he was expected to go in the first round. A bit later, everyone found out one of the major reasons: a torn labrum wouldn't allow him to work out for any NBA teams prior to the draft. He had surgery on May 6 and was expected to sit out approximately four-to-six months.

Baylor coach Scott Drew told Parrish that Austin might be looking at the earlier end of that timetable, saying he still has another two or three weeks before he is cleared to shoot the ball.

"But he's been doing well. When they tell you [four-to-six months], you're always shooting for [four]. And he's still ahead of that schedule. So he's good."

A healthy Austin gives the Bears one of the more imposing front courts in the nation. Austin averaged 13 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks a game as a freshman. He'll pair once again with Cory Jefferson, who returned for his senior year. Jefferson averaged 13.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.

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