Boise State men’s basketball got its second commitment of the week for the 2016-17 class on Saturday when Longmont (Colo.) High guard Justinian Jessup picked the Broncos.
Jessup (6-foot-5, 180 pounds) was Colorado’s 4A player of the year as a junior, scoring 17 points per game, making 42 percent of his 3-pointers. He also had offers from Davidson, Pepperdine, Northern Iowa, Northern Colorado and Weber State. Colorado offered him, too, but wanted him to go to a prep school for a year before enrolling for the 2017-18 season. Jessup spent some time in Boise in fourth and fifth grade, playing for former Bronco Roberto Bergersen’s Hoop Dreams 10U team.
“I had a little better feel for the city, for the culture, and I liked it there, so that affected it a little bit,” Jessup said. “But the big things for me were the basketball, playing in the Mountain West and being close to home. I really liked the coaching staff. I’m excited to play for coach (Leon) Rice and (Jeff) Linder.”
Jessup said committing in the fall was “super important,” allowing him to focus on improving and getting a state championship after losing in the title game last season. His feel for the game, and his skills, will be a strong fit at Boise State, according to his AAU coach with the Colorado Titans, Rick Jimenez.
“They're getting a player that's well-rounded right now, he can do a little bit of everything — shoots it well, he handles it,” Jimenez said. “Being a lefty, he has some craft to his game. His IQ is off the charts. Boise State is hard to double-team because their spacing is so good. That's where he's going to excel because he knows where to be.”
About seven years since he moved away, Jessup still has the 208 prefix in his phone number, a reminder of when he got his first cell phone as a youngster.
“Meant to be, I guess,” Jessup said with a laugh.
The Broncos picked up a commitment from Texas guard Alex Hobbs on Wednesday. High school seniors can sign in November during the early period.