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Jessup's rookie season in Australia ends; Warriors next?

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Justinian Jessup's rookie season in Australia came to an end Monday.

The 6-foot-7 lefty -- whom the Warriors selected in the second round (No. 51 overall) of the 2020 NBA Draft -- scored eight points in the Illawarra Hawks' loss to the Perth Wildcats.

Jessup shot 2-for-10 overall and 2-for-7 from deep in over 30 minutes of action. He registered three rebounds, three steals, two blocks and was a team-best plus-six.

The 23-year-old averaged 13.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals over 38 games, while shooting 42 percent from the field and 34 percent from beyond the arc.

Will he earn a spot on the Warriors' roster next season?

"We'll see," Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers said in late May. "The Australian league is getting more exposure, as it should. It's a good league. He did well in that league.

"Right now, his best skill is shooting. And he's pretty big. To shoot at that size as well as he does -- he's a knock-down shooter. But until we see him do it at the game speed of the NBA ...

"I think the plan is for him to come over here for Summer League, which isn't the NBA but it's better to see him in person -- then we can make that call."

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Summer League in Las Vegas will be held Aug. 8 through 17, and it sounds like those games will be very important in determining Jessup's short-term future with the franchise.

 

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