Jessup shines in summer league w/ Warriors, training camp next

August 21, 2021

Justinian Jessup

A year down under has Nome’s Justinian Jessup on the come up.

The 23-year-old basketball star used a solid rookie season in Australia to build momentum that he carried over to the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where he started all five games with the Golden State Warriors.

Jessup averaged 12.4 points per game and made 12-of-28 3-pointers for a 43-percent clip.

“I just wanted to come out here and get better and prove that I belong,” Jessup told the Mercury News. “Hopefully, I did that.”

Jessup was a 2020 second-round draft pick by the Golden State Warriors, who picked him No. 51 overall and stashed him in Australia.

The 6-foot-7 swingman averaged 13.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 38 games. It was a productive rookie season

“The Australian league is getting more exposure, as it should. It’s a good league. He did well in that league,” Warriors president of operations Bob Myers told NBC Sports.

At the NBA Summer League, Jessup started at both guard and forward. He ranked second on the Warriors in minutes (27.9) and third in scoring (12.4).

He caught fire over the final two games, pumping in 16 points against the New Orleans Pelicans and 18 points against the Los Angeles Lakers.

“Definitely got more confident as I went along. The pace of the game slowed down for me,” Jessup said. “I started figuring out where my shots are going to come from and just stopped forcing things and started focusing on things I can control like talking on defense, running the floor hard.

“Then the rest of it — making shots — will take care of itself.”

The Warriors will hold training camp at the end of September. Jessup is still in the running for one of the final spots on Golden State’s 20-man preseason roster that will be trimmed to 17 for the regular season.

A good showing in the preseason could land him a roster spot or possibly a two-way contract that would allow him to bounce between the NBA and G League.

Or he’ll head back to Australia for another year of seasoning at the pro level.