Frenchman Jonathan Jeanne, a projected first round pick in this year’s NBA Draft, has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome. This illness is a serious heart condition that could keep him out of basketball for the rest of his career.
Report: Potential first-round pick Jonathan Jeanne has been diagnosed with a potential career-ending heart condition. Prayers up🙏🏽🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/x3wsqpy5xG
— ProCity Hoops (@ProCityHoops) June 8, 2017
While the 7-foot-2 big-man was in Chicago in May for the 2017 NBA Draft Combine, he had an MRI that showed abnormalities in his spine. He then went through many medical, physical and genetic testing exams that confirmed his diagnoses with Marfan syndrome. It is not likely that he will be able to work out for any teams before the draft.
Many experts had him falling around the 20-35 range on June 22nd in Brooklyn, New York. ESPN’s Chad Ford had him getting picked 23rd in the first round. Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman had him as the 34th pick in the second round in his mock draft.
The 19-year-old has very good length. Being 7’2″ is one thing, but when you combine his 7’6″ wingspan he could be a deadly rim protector. While he was overseas in France he averaged 11.3 points, 12.1 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks per 40 minutes.
He should look up to former Baylor Bear, Isaiah Austin. He was also diagnosed with Marfan syndrome going into the draft. Luckily for Austin, doctors cleared him to play in December of last year and is now playing for the ABA in Serbia.
Hopefully one day Jeanne will be cleared to play again by doctors and we can see hum fulfill his dream to play in the big league.