Yes, could have. Since he's been diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome--a genetic mutation that leads to problems in connective tissues throughout the body--that dream is over.
He got the news himself Saturday night from his mom, but found the strength to talk about it with ESPN on Sunday:
Here’s Holly Rowe’s gut-wrenching interview with Isaiah Austin on @SportsCenter http://t.co/fapkREgnmr
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 22, 2014
As it turns out he is going to have a chance to be at the draft anyway as a guest of NBA commissioner Adam Silver:
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has invited Baylor's Isaiah Austin to come to Thursday's NBA Draft as his guest.
— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) June 22, 2014
It will be a little bittersweet, but hopefully it can provide him with some closure.