3 - Justinian Jessup

6-6, 200 Shooting Guard
Boise State Senior
Longmont, CO
High School
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling
89 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Tomas Satoransky

Strengths: Jessup played four seasons for the Boise State Broncos and he improved in all phases throughout each season … Jessup played guard for the Broncos and will play as a spot up shooter in the NBA if he gets there … He has a great shooting stroke as a 41% career three-point shooter and a 96% free-throw shooter as a senior … He improved from 73% from the FT line as a junior and maintained a great three-point percentage despite higher volume … Jessup is 6’7 so his transition to the NBA will be a lot easier than most college sharpshooters … Took care of the ball with only 1.3 turnovers per game for his career … Decent rebounder for a guard with four per game, but he probably should have grabbed more with his great size in a smaller conference … Not a natural ball-handler, but he is able to dribble and find open players if he has to … He averaged more than two assists per game in his final two seasons … His shooting ability is undoubtedly why he is getting looks to play in the NBA. A smooth stroke and a 6’7 frame make him a candidate to fit in just fine in a league that prioritizes shooting and size more than ever before …

Weaknesses: Jessup can shoot the lights out, but that is about as much as he can do, at least at a level that can translate to the NBA … He is not a truly athletic guard, and a lot of this has to do with his 6’7 frame, but he is still not quick enough to hang with talented guards or wings … He averaged over a steal per game in his career, but he is more likely to be a liability defensively than to repeat this success … Not a great playmaker and will probably be no more than a spot up shooter on the offensive end … Does not have the speed or quickness to get himself into the lane … Even when he does get to the rim, he is not a great finisher at only 47% on two-point shots … This one-dimensional style of attack limits his potential in the NBA … Jessup is already 22 years old and has decided to play a year in the Australia in the NBL … He will be no younger than 23 years old in his first NBA season and will not develop with his team until he is done competing in Australia … This time away from the team for an older player are major question marks for Jessup …

Overall: Jessup is one of the easier players to analyze in this class because you pretty much know exactly what you are getting … He will struggle to make an impact offensively unless it is from beyond the arc and he will provide little on the defensive end. His ceiling in the NBA is a sharpshooting wing who can come in and spread the floor off the bench … Whether his shooting is good enough to make up for his lack of defensive ability is yet to be discovered … Regardless, 6’7 sharpshooters are hard to come by and Jessup is certainly one of them …

Notes: Selected by the Golden State Warriors with the 51st pick of the 2020 NBA Draft …

Derek Bast 11/29/20