7’2″ center Jonathan Jeanne was expected to a first-round draft pick in this month’s NBA Draft, but it looks like that will be put on hold. The league’s next potential better-shooting Rudy Gobert was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, which is what kept former Baylor star Isaiah Austin from entering the draft.
While Jeanne has not been barred altogether from playing, he has not received clearance to continue working out with teams ahead of the draft. The 19-year old French center last worked out with a team as recently as Wednesday when he worked out with the Toronto Raptors.
According to Yahoo, 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. Connective tissue holds all the body’s cells, organs and tissue together so having a problem with that would make playing any sport incredibly dangerous.