Justinian Jessup continues to show why the Warriors elected to use a second-round pick in the 2020 NBA Draft to select the Boise State product, despite the fact that he wasn't likely to see any NBA action this season.
Jessup, who the Warriors took No. 51 overall in November's draft, tied a season-high in his most recent game with the NBL's Illawarra Hawks, putting up 26 points in a win over the South East Melbourne Phoenix.
The 22-year-old has been one of the league's top 3-point shooters, and he knocked down five of his eight attempts from behind the arc in the winning effort.
The Warriors did open up a pair of roster spots at the trade deadline by moving Marquese Chriss and Brad Wanamaker without getting any active players in return, which some believed might lead to the front office recalling Jessup.
However, Jessup is part of the NBL's "Next Stars" program, and the contract minutiae would have made bringing him to the NBA this season complicated. In addition, he almost certainly wouldn't be getting the same level of minutes in the NBA that he's been averaging in Australia.
General manager Bob Myers most likely wants Jessup to get a full season of development against pro competition before deciding whether he is ready to join the NBA roster.
If Jessup keeps putting up big games like the one he most recently produced, it might make that decision quite easy for the Warriors' front office.