NM1. In search of reinforcement in the interior sector, the Union Tarbes / Lourdes is preparing to enlist for two seasons Jonathan Jeanne (24 years old, 2.18 m). A daring bet to bet on a player (passed through the Federal Center, Le Mans or Nancy) who had seen, in 2017, fail in the NBA Draft after medical tests that revealed a rare genetic disease, the Marfan syndrome.
The Union Tarbes / Lourdes will gain height. The Pyrenean club must announce soon the arrival of the former international U18 tricolor Jonathan Jeanne (24 years old, 2.18 m, 95 kg). A recruitment that comes after the injury to the rear Clément Morel (cruciate ligaments) and is part of a clearly identified need to expand the racquet of the current 7e of Pool A of NM1.
Promised to a bright future in the NBA, experts predicted a top 20 in the 2017 Draft, the player had seen the doors of his dream close at the last moment. In question, inconclusive medical tests and the update of a rare disease: Marfan syndrome. It is a pathology affecting people of large sizes which can cause dilation of the aorta.
Banned from NBA, double MVP in Denmark
Forbidden to play in the United States, Jonathan Jeanne did not want to end his career despite the risks to his life. A year after this terrible twist of fate, he obtained an authorization to replay (except in the NBA) and went to the Spanish second division (Palma, then Prat) before leaving for two seasons in Denmark, at Randers Cimbria. « I feel in good health, I am not afraid and I do not feel in danger on a basketball court, declared the person concerned to the Parisian in December 2019. But I do not do anything. months, I have consultations with a specialist doctor. There are examinations, ultrasounds of the heart. I eat balanced and pay attention to my hygiene of life. I am not afraid. «
Twice MVP of the local championship, Jonathan Jeanne turned 17.2 points; 8.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists last year. This summer, he signed up with a club in Dubai before breaking his contract last month.
The previous Ludovic Vaty
Five years ago, the Union Tarbes / Lourdes had attempted the same kind of blow with the interior Ludovic Vaty. Withdrawn from the field for three seasons after the discovery of a heart disease in 2013, the former pivot of Pro A (Pau, Orléans, Gravelines) Ludovic Vaty had made his comeback in the pro world with the U’Boys for two seasons. A great success since the player had rendered proud services to the U’Boys.
And today, there is no doubt that the coming of Jonathan Jeanne to Tarbes / Lourdes, for his return to France, will arouse the curiosity of observers of the orange ball.