How Warriors second-round pick Jessup did in NBL debut


Justinian Jessup was the final player selected in the Warriors' three-man 2020 draft class at No. 51 overall, and the 22-year-old made his debut in Australia's NBL late Friday night.

Jessup scored five points and pulled down four rebounds over 26 minutes for the Illawarra Hawks, the same NBL franchise where 2020 No. 3 overall draft pick LaMelo Ball spent last season playing. Jessup had signed a "Next Stars" agreement with the NBL prior to the NBA draft, and will play the entire 2020-21 season in Australia.

His first official points as a professional came on this solid finish in transition that probably could have been an and-one.

Jessup shot 40.8 percent from 3-point range over his four seasons at Boise State, and the former Bronco showed off his range on this pull-up from beyond the arc.

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In the Hawks' final preseason game, Jessup led all scorers with 21 points on 9-for-17 shooting, including 3-7 on 3-pointers.

It remains to be seen where Jessup could slot into the Warriors' rotation next season if he returns to the U.S., but he provided some encouraging signs in his professional debut.

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