Warriors pick Jessup scores 24, showcases all-around game

Justinian Jessup floater

Justinian Jessup only scored five points in The Hawks' regular-season NBL opener a couple days ago.

But the Warriors' second-round pick (No. 51 overall) in the 2020 draft delivered a big-time performance in his second game.

Jessup recorded 24 points (10-for-15 from the field, 4-for-4 on 3s), four rebounds, three steals and two assists (zero turnovers) in The Hawks' 92-76 win.

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My three favorite plays from the highlight package above:

1) The steal and Eurostep floater in transition (the very first clip)

2) The fadeaway pull-up midrange jumper going to his left (starts at the 42-second mark)

3) The pull-up 3-pointer off the high ball screen (starts at the 1:38 mark)

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"I want to keep improving my defense, and my overall toughness," the 22-year-old told ESPN Australia's Olgun Uluc in November. "I want to just be able to take on any challenge head on. I think, defensively, it's going to be a good year, just to work on that.

"Defensively, you can work on that through working on your body - just the athleticism - and then just playing against other good players; like, this whole summer, I was playing against NBA guys, and I think that really helped me.

"Hopefully it's something the Warriors will be encouraged by when they watch the games this year, and something I know I'm gonna need to continue to improve at to have a chance to play in the NBA."


Jessup and The Hawks will be back in action Thursday night.

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