Baylor's Isaiah Austin ahead of recovery schedule

Marcus Smart had the most surprising decision before June's NBA Draft.

But Isaiah Austin was a close second.

The freshman forward announced in late April that he would return to Baylor for another season despite being a projected lottery pick. But why? That was the initial question. Turned out, an MRI performed a few days before the announcement disclosed that Austin had a torn posterior labrum that would've prevented him from working out for NBA teams in advance of the draft. So he decided to return to Baylor and have surgery, for which the recovery time was estimated at four-to-six months.

Austin had surgery May 6.

So how's he doing?

"It'll probably be another two or three weeks before he's cleared to shoot 3-pointers," Baylor coach Scott Drew told CBSSports.com. "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."

Austin's return should make Baylor a factor in the Big 12.

CBSSports.com projects him as the 10th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

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