Sport NBA Draft 2017: First-round prospect Jonathan Jeanne diagnosed with Marfan syndrome

14:06  09 june  2017
14:06  09 june  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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Several NBA mock drafts had the Utah Jazz potentially selecting French big man Jonathan Jeanne with one of their late first - round picks. Unfortunately, news broke today that he has been diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome , which is a potential career-ending disorder.

Just before this month's NBA Draft , French center Jonathan Jeanne likely has seen his dream of playing professionally dashed. The potential first - round pick Jeanne has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome , a potentially career-ending disorder, his agent told The Vertical.

  NBA Draft 2017: First-round prospect Jonathan Jeanne diagnosed with Marfan syndrome © AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast Just before this month's NBA Draft, French center Jonathan Jeanne likely has seen his dream of playing professionally dashed.

The potential first-round pick Jeanne has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a potentially career-ending disorder, his agent told The Vertical.

The 7-2 big man, who was projected has high as the No. 20 overall pick, was told of a serious heart issue accompanying the syndrome after undergoing a series of tests at the Cleveland Clinic.

Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissues. It's the same disease that Baylor's Isaiah Austin was diagnosed with before the 2014 draft. Austin was cleared to resume basketball activities in November 2016 and signed a contract with KK Crvena zvezda, a European basketball club based in Belgrade, shortly after.

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Two weeks prior to the 2017 NBA Draft , French center Jonathan Jeanne ’s agent, Bouna Ndiaye, told The Vertical’s Shams Charania that the potential first round draft prospect has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome , a genetic disorder that affects connective tissues in the body.

NBA first - round prospect diagnosed with potentially career-ending disorder. Yahoo Sports. Report: Potential 2017 NBA first round draft pick Jonathan Jeanne has Marfan syndrome .

Jeanne, who worked out with the Raptors on Wednesday, hopes to follow in Austin's footsteps and resume his basketball career with medical supervision, his agent told The Vertical. It's a sad revelation for a player who was called “arguably the biggest winner of any Combine participant" nearly a month prior.

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