Baylor's Austin committed to rehab Austin underwent surgery to repair a torn posterior labrum in his right shoulder on May 6, and now he has begun a rehabilitation process that could take up to six months. The 7 1 center's goal is to be ready for the start of the upcoming basketball season in November. "I definitely want to be there for the season opener for my teammates, coaches and fans," Austin said. "But I don't want to rush it because I don't want to reinjure it. My doctor said I need to play it safe and listen to the trainers." Austin is coming off a superb freshman season as he averaged 13 points, 1.7 blocked shots and a team high 8.3 rebounds. But he said his labrum began hurting during the season, and then he tweaked it during a workout following the season. After announcing that he was forgoing the NBA draft on April 28, Austin underwent surgery eight days later. He said he's nike kobe ad rehabbing in Dallas and will be back at Baylor for the second summer session. "Right now I'm still in an arm sling," Austin said. "I can rotate it a little, and I've been using heat and ice. Normally at the end of 12 weeks after surgery, you can start shooting. But there will be no con tact for me until after four to six months depending on how it's healing." Since Austin's upper body exercises are limited, he's been focusing on strengthening his legs with weight work and riding a stationary bike. But he can't wait to get back into action. "I've had surgeries before but nothing has kept me out this long especially in a crucial part of my career," Austin said. "It's very tough because I love the game like crazy." Coming off nike vapor untouchable 2 the NIT championship in April, the Bears received welcome news when forward Cory Jefferson announced that he was returning for his senior year on April 25 and Austin followed suit three days later. Austin is looking forward to playing on a veteran team that includes senior guards Brady Heslip and Gary Franklin and promising sophomore forwards Rico Gathers and Taurean Prince. Austin is anxious to battle in the paint and pass down his knowledge to young guys like incoming freshman forward Ishmael Wainright, a highly touted player from Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Md. "Ishmael has been asking me a lot of questions," Austin said. "He wants to learn and is very talented." Though Austin decided to wait to declare for the NBA draft, he plans to watch it on June 27 because former Baylor guard Pierre Jackson is a potential first round pick. "I wish Pierre the best of luck and I know he's going to do great things," nike 7 phenom 2-in-1 Austin said. "We talk pretty much every day. He's working hard and deserves it. He's come a long way."