Draft prospect Jonathan Jeanne diagnosed with Marfan syndrome

Jeanne, a likely first round pick in this month's National Basketball Association draft, has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, Yahoo reports.

French center Jonathan Jeanne, who was expected to be a first-round selection in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft, has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a potentially career-ending disorder, agent Bouna Ndiaye told The Vertical. He had an MRI at the draft combine in May - where he was a standout prospect - that revealed a spine abnormality that led to a follow-up exam at the Cleveland Clinic. In 2014, would-be first-round pick Isaiah Austin was also diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, which prevented him from being selected, although he was later cleared by a doctor and signed by a European team. He was projected as the No. 22 pick in DraftExpress' most recent mock draft. He was cleared to return to basketball late past year. His French background, skinny frame (7-foot-2, 190 pounds) and potential as a shot blocker/rebounder had drawn comparisons to Utah Jazz star center Rudy Gobert, who has become one of the NBA's top defensive presences after being picked 27th in 2013.

Shams Charania of the Vertical reported the news.

Jeanne remains hopeful he can resume his career, Ndiaye said.

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