A top prospect may never play in the NBA after his diagnosis.
A devastating diagnosis has been handed down to potential first round pick Jonathan Jeanne. According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, French center Jonathan Jeanne, has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a potentially career-ending disorder.
From the report:
Jeanne underwent an MRI while participating in the Chicago draft combine in May that showed an abnormality in his spine that required follow-up examinations. He completed medical, physical and genetic testing at the Cleveland Clinic and received the results Thursday.
Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissues. Former Baylor standout Isaiah Austin was diagnosed with the disorder in his predraft process in 2014 and announced in December 2016 that he was cleared to resume full basketball activities.
Jeanne shot up draft boards with an impressive NBA Combine performance and was projected to be the No. 22 overall pick in the most recent mock draft by DraftExpress’ Jonathan Givony.
It's terrible news for the rising star, as he is not expected to receive clearance for NBA workouts moving forward.