National Basketball Association prospect Jonathan Jeanne diagnosed with potentially career-ending Marfan syndrome


Shams Charania of The Vertical is reporting that French center Jonathan Jeanne, projected as a first-round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, has been diagnosed with a potentially career-ending heart issue due to Marfan syndrome.

"Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissues", Charania wrote.

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Jeanne learned of his diagnosis after an MRI at the NBA Combine noticed an abnormality and the Cleveland Clinic determined he had the genetic disorder.

Though it's possible he could eventually get permission from doctors to play, as Isaiah Austin did earlier this years after a 2014 diagnosis, it's certainly a staggering setback for the young star, who, of course, remains optimistic that he can still continue an National Basketball Association career.

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"A hawking 7'2" presence with a wingspan in excess of 7'6", Jeanne turned the heads of pro scouts with SLUC Nancy Basket in France's Pro A League last season.

Jeanne ranked as the 22nd overall prospect on SI's most recent draft Big Board.

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The last NBA player to be diagnosed with Marfan syndrome was Baylor star Isaiah Austin, who found out four days before the NBA Draft that his basketball career was over.