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Jessup's confidence boosted by Warriors scout in Australia

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Justinian Jessup dribble

The Warriors back in mid-March sent scout/Santa Cruz Warriors assistant coach Michael Lee to Australia to check in on Justinian Jessup.

Jessup -- the No. 51 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft -- is playing for The Hawks in the NBL this season.

Lee's presence definitely elevated the lefty's spirits.

"It boosted it a lot," Jessup recently told Olgun Uluc of ESPN Australia. "I guess it is a little reassuring that they're serious about me as a prospect. It helped my confidence a lot, and just gave me a little comfort, I guess.

"But, at the same time, I'm still trying to be where my feet are and focus on this season, and just stay present in this year."

Jessup, who will turn 23 years old in May, is averaging 14.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 steals through 25 games, while shooting 45.7 percent overall and 40 percent from beyond the arc.

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He missed The Hawks' last game because of a leg issue.

"I think he will be an NBA player," Andrew Bogut told Grant Liffmann and Kendra Andrews on the Dubs Talk podcast. "Just a matter of what system he goes in, who he's playing with, and that is what it comes down to.

"But he shoots the ball that well, and he is confident shooting step-backs and tough in-your-face 3s. He will eventually carve out a role in NBA."

 

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