Midway through the NBL season, the Warriors decided to send a scout, Michael Lee, to Australia to oversee Justinian Jessup’s development; a show of faith from the franchise that lifted the 22-year-old’s spirits. “It boosted it a lot,” Jessup said of how the Warriors’ decision helped his confidence. “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.”
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Justinian Jessup: “I think it’s gonna prepare me a lot. Every (NBL) team has those fringe NBA guys, or guys who have made stops in the NBA. Playing against those dudes and being able to produce against those teams and those guys just, once again, gives me more confidence. It’s another stepping stone along to the path to where I wanna go.”
The Golden State Warriors have sent a scout to Australia to monitor the development of Justinian Jessup, league sources told ESPN. Jessup, who was taken by the Warriors with the 51st overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, was stashed with the NBL’s Illawarra Hawks for the 2021 season and has impressed the franchise’s executives to the point where they’ve decided to more closely oversee his progress.
During his time in Australia, the scout — who’s currently in mandatory hotel quarantine, sources said — will also be conducting the regular duties of his job, evaluating talent across the NBL. He’ll only be authorized to attend Hawks practices that would be open to all scouts, per NBA guidelines.
The move from the Warriors isn’t completely unprecedented for an NBA team. The New Orleans Pelicans have an Australian-based scout who liaises with Didi Louzada, whom the franchise drafted in 2019 with the 35th overall pick.
Head coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers are kept up to date on Jessup’s development, receiving daily briefs and tuning into recordings of his games when time allows.
Connor Letourneau: Steve Kerr said he’s been following along with Justinian Jessup’s season in Australia. “He’s a prospect that’s very exciting to us,” Kerr said. “We’re excited to have his rights.”
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