With less than 2 weeks left until the 2017 NBA Draft, Jonathan Jeanne was beginning to draw the attention of many NBA scouts. The 7’2” Frenchman, with a wingspan of 7’6” had a lot of potential as an NBA prospect and was even being compared to Rudy Gobert, one of the league’s premier shot blockers and interior defenders.
News surfaced yesterday that Jonathan Jeanne had been diagnosed with a possible career-ending heart condition. Minutes later, it was reported that Jeanne had been diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, putting his basketball career in jeopardy days before the draft.
According to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, The French big man was diagnosed after an initial physical exam at the NBA Draft Combine in May “showed an abnormality in his spine that required follow-up examinations.” In 2014, Isaiah Austin from Baylor was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome before the draft and was forced to retire from playing basketball. Austin was just cleared last year to resume playing.
Jeanne is not expected to be medically cleared for anymore workouts.