Jonathan Jeanne

Jonathan Jeanne profile
Height: 7'2" (218 cm)
Weight: 207 lbs (94 kg)
Age: 22
Position: C
Jerseys: #9, #2, #21, #22
Hometown: Les Abymes, Guadeloupe
Agent: Bouna Ndiaye
Current Team: Prat
Win - Loss: 9 - 25
Jonathan Jeanne 2017 NBA Draft Scouting Video - Strengths


Jonathan Jeanne NBA Draft Scouting Report and Video Analysis

Matt Kamalsky
Matt Kamalsky
Bogdan Karaicic
Bogdan Karaicic
Jun 21, 2017, 01:44 am
Scouting Report by Matt Kamalsky, Video Analysis by Mike Schmitz

Every year at least one prospect hits some kind of roadblock during the draft process. Sometimes it's a current injury, or concerns about a nagging one, and sometimes it is a newly unearthed issue. In a sad twist, twice in the last five years a potential first round draft pick has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome (MFS) during the extensive medical testing administered by the NBA. Though the diagnosis derails their immediate plans for the future, it can also be a life-saving diagnosis. A genetic disorder of the connective tissue, people with MFS tend to be tall and thin with long arms, legs, and fingers and more at risk of a number of heart related issues potentially triggered by intense physical activity.

Almost three years ago, Baylor power forward Isaiah Austin was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, just days before the NBA Draft. Handling the sudden termination of his basketball career admirably as he was faced with a whirlwind of media attention, Austin was selected ceremonially in the 2014 NBA Draft in front of a supportive crowd at the Barclays Center.

Fast forward to last fall, and Austin's name unexpected reappeared in the news, albeit a ways away from the NBA radar. Medically cleared to play in late November, well after the beginning of the season in Europe, Austin signed with FMP in early January returning to the floor for the first time since his diagnosis on January 15th. Playing alongside Jonah Bolden, Austin was clearly still regaining his form and conditioning, but had a number of big scoring nights in the Adriatic League and finished the season averaging 7.1 points and 3.6 rebounds over 14.9 minutes per game.

French center prospect Jonathan Jeanne was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome on June 8th. Turning 20 just a few weeks from now, the news that his basketball career was in jeopardy came just weeks after he turned in a terrific performance at the NBA Draft Combine. We interviewed him after watching him work out in Dallas shortly after. However, with the experience of Austin's comeback working in his favor, there are still some rumblings that Jeanne could be selected late in the second round despite his diagnosis. In a shallow year for international prospects, Jeanne remains on the board for some teams who believe the reward of a medically cleared Jeanne a few years from now outweighs the risk that he won't play again and dwarves the ceiling of selecting most alternatives that late in the draft.

Measured at 7'2 in shoes with a 7'6.5 wingspan, but weighing only 207-pounds, Jeanne has outstanding size for a center even if his frame is still a long way off. Quite nimble for his size, Jeanne's mobility stood out at the Combine, where he repeatedly scored off of rims runs. Able to dunk the ball and block shots while barely jumping, Jeanne registered a solid 29 inch no-step vertical and used his length and impressive athleticism to swat away shots playing against a far more experienced group of players.

Born in Guadeloupe, but incorporated into INSEP early in his career, Jeanne made an impression averaging 9.6 and 5.2 rebounds per game two years ago playing in the French third division with CFBB. Signing with Le Mans, who played him almost exclusively at the junior level last season, Jeanne began this season playing primarily in Espoirs as well, but was loaned to less talented first division club Nancy mid-season, affording him an opportunity to gain some high level experience. Finishing the year averaging 3.7 points and 3.9 rebounds over 13 minutes per game after his loan, Jeanne began seeing minutes more steadily as the year wore on and had a few strong performances trying to help Nancy avoid relegation.

Offensively, Jeanne's size is obviously a factor. He's an excellent target for lobs and his foot speed makes him a very effective roll man as well. Coordinated with good hands, Jeanne plays above the rim effortlessly and is also a factor on the offensive glass thanks to his length.

Apart from his ability to finish from close range, Jeanne is otherwise a work in progress offensively, lacking much in the way of polish. He struggles against contact and tends to be fairly turnover prone, though he can handle the ball a bit. He will also knock down an occasional three-pointer, but shot just 26% from beyond the arc in across 127 attempts in the EuroCup, French League, Champions League, and Espoirs over the last two years. A decent passer, Jeanne is also prone to some careless mistakes, which is expected given his age and experience level, but is craftier than he appears on first glance possessing a solid feel for the game and fairly unique package of building blocks for a player with his size and length.

Defensively, Jeanne's length is a gamechanger. On paper, few players in recent history can match Jeanne's near 12-foot no step maximum vertical reach, and it shows on the floor as the young Frenchman alters shots around the rim in bunches. He also shows decent feet stepping away from the rim, though he doesn't always know his limitations out on the perimeter. An improved defensive rebounder, Jeanne still struggles to deal with physicality inside, getting thrown around by stronger players.

A developing prospect with great upside thanks to his rare physical tools and potential versatility, Jeanne's frame and lack of polish are question marks. His immediate future is murky due to his recent diagnosis, but he remains an interesting low-risk, high-reward option in the late second round as the experience of NBA decision-makers with Isaiah Austin's process through the medical red tape leaves quite a bit of hope for Jeanne.

Jonathan Jeanne NBA Pre-Draft Workout and Interview

NBA Combine Competitive Action Recap: Day Two

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Mike Schmitz
Mike Schmitz
May 13, 2017, 11:16 am
14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals, 7-9 2P, 26 minutes

Jonathan Jeanne vs Chalons-en-Champagne - Matchup Video

Bogdan Karaicic
Bogdan Karaicic
Feb 10, 2017, 03:49 pm
Bogdan Karaicic takes a closer look at Jonathan Jeanne's 8 point, 6 rebound performance against Chalons-Reims in the French first division (Pro A).

This game represented somewhat of a breakthrough for Jeanne, who has been struggling to get any type of consistent opportunity to show his talent in the first division of France over the past two seasons. Jeanne has spent almost all of his time playing in the very weak Espoirs (junior) league, but was recently loaned by Le Mans to Nancy, who are struggling for survival in a relegation battle.

This was a move in the right direction for Jeanne, and NBA teams will be monitoring his progress closely over the rest of the season to try and understand how far away he is from being able to contribute at their level, and what kind of role he might play in the 2017 NBA Draft.

It is important to remember that at 19.6 years old, Jeanne is younger than some of the NCAA freshmen who will be picked in the first round of this year's draft, and standing 7'2 with such a narrow frame, it will take him longer than most to reach physical maturation.

Bogdan Karaicic is a video analyst for DraftExpress. Follow him on twitter and check out his website for more video breakdowns. He will be breaking down the NBA draft in digital format all year long for us, so check out his archive frequently.

European Dispatch: Getting to Know Le Mans' trio of 7-footers

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Feb 22, 2016, 03:33 pm
Jonathan Jeanne – Nothing short of a freak physically, Jeanne has outrageous size and length (7'2 without shoes, with a 7'7 wingspan) to go along with impressive fluidity and agility for a player his size. His skill-set is extremely unique for a 7-footer, as he handles the ball impressively in both the half-court and full-court, and has range out to the 3-point line, even shockingly being capable of making pull-up jumpers off isolation plays. Defensively, he moves his feet well and has obvious potential with his combination of mobility, size and length, even if he's far from being a polished player here. Only 18 years old, Jeanne is just starting to come into his own as a basketball player and has a world of upside to tap into as his body fills out and he continues to mature on and off the court. He has a gregarious personality and showed quite a bit of interest in discussing the merits of his draft prospect peers on both sides of the ocean, which is not very common in our experience.

Analyzing the Top International NBA Prospects, #5: Jonathan Jeanne

Mike Schmitz
Mike Schmitz
Dec 08, 2015, 01:17 pm


Mike Schmitz is the video analyst for DraftExpress. Follow him on twitter and check out the DraftExpress Video section. He will be breaking down the NBA draft in digital format all year long for us.

FIBA Europe U18 Championship Scouting Reports: Centers

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Aug 10, 2015, 01:14 pm
Jonathan Givony

-Has tremendous height for a center at around 7-2 in shoes
-Has an incredible 7-6 ½ wingspan that would rank him among the longest players in the NBA right off the bat
-Very fluid and mobile. Can play above the rim with ease. Runs floor well. Covers ground nicely. Can get to places on the court (around the basket) that very few players on the planet can
-Very skilled for a player his size, particularly his age
-A consistent presence on the offensive glass. Has soft hands. Averaged 5.8 offensive rebounds per-40 at U18s. Career 5.5 in FIBA competition
-Can handle the ball a bit, even in open court. Long strides
-Has a nice looking jumper (from waist up) and should be able to develop into a capable shooter in time
-Excellent footwork and body control with back to the basket. Can score inside the post, sometimes from long vantage points
-Impressive touch around the basket
-Good feel for the game. Can find open man cutting to the rim
-Tremendous potential defensively with combination of height, length and mobility
-Very good shot-blocker. 3.5 blocks per-40 at U18s. Career 3.5 in FIBA competition. Rotates and protects the basket
-Steps out quickly and impressively on pick and roll. Extremely mobile.
-Shows some potential switching out on perimeter. Can move feet with small, choppy steps. Uses length to contest shots impressively
-Gets in passing lanes frequently (3.1 at U18s, 2.7 career)

-Frame is very frail. Still many years away from reaching physical maturity.
-Lower body in particular is very thin
-Has high hips, which affects his balance
-Gets backed down frequently in the low post.
-Average defensive rebounder
-Shot just 50% from 2-point range at U18s. Not as good of a finisher as you'd expect around the basket with his combination of size, length and athleticism. Lacks a degree of strength and toughness inside the paint. Career 3.5 free throw attempts per-40 and 50% 2P% at FIBA and ANGT level.
-Does a poor job of drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line
-Shows potential with his jumper, but struggled badly to convert at U18s. Hit just 1/12 jumpers at the competition. Rushes his shot at times, doesn't always display great balance. Contorts body sideways on release
-Career 26/45 (58%) FT% in 31 games

Outlook: Raw, developing prospect with huge upside. Has rare physical tools to go along with a versatile skill-set on both ends of the floor. Signed a contract with Le Mans in Pro A and will likely spend most of his time in the Espoirs league next season. Has clear-cut NBA upside with a chance to be a very high draft pick if he continues to develop accordingly.

Jonathan Jeanne 2015 FIBA U18 European Championship Interview

Jul 29, 2015, 10:12 am
An interview with 7-2 French big man Jonathan Jeanne at the 2015 FIBA U18 European Championship in Volos, Greece.

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Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Mar 07, 2014, 05:33 pm
Jonathan Givony

-Has great height and length
-Very mobile for a player his size
-Surprisingly skilled for where he's at in his development. Scored 19 points per-40 shooting 77% for 2.
-Can step outside and make an outside shot with excellent touch
-Very fundamentally sound
-Shows nice footwork and some post moves, just too frail to execute them against contact on a regular basis
-Very good feel for the game. Makes extra pass. Smart outlets
-Looks competitive and hard-working

-Incredibly frail, particularly in the lower body. Many many years away from physical maturity
-Very raw prospect. Struggles badly to play through contact.
-Extremely poor rebounder. 4.7 rebounds per-40. Did not block a single shot or draw a free throw in his 60 minutes on the court
-Can't stay on the court for very long

Outlook: A long ways away from making serious contributions at most levels of competition, but he's just a baby at 16 years old. Shows some very interesting potential that simply can't be taught with his size, length and budding offensive skill-level, provided he's developed carefully. INSEP's track record in that regard isn't the best, though. How much weight he can add to his frame long-term?

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