Hawks set to sign Jessup as Next Star; teams concerned
From a report by Olgun:
The Hawks are closing in on securing Boise State wing Justinian Jessup as a Next Stars player for the 2020-21 NBL season, sources have told ESPN.
Jessup, 22, averaged 16 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game as a senior, and is set to begin his professional career in the NBL.
The 6'6 small forward is automatically eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft, because he's a recent college graduate, and has the potential to be a late second-round pick. Jessup is currently the 81st ranked player in the ESPN Top 100.
The NBL's Next Stars program became open to draft-and-stash players when the New Orleans Pelicans' second-round pick, Didi Louzada, signed with the Sydney Kings for the 2019-20 season. However, Jessup being set to join the initiative as a player who's yet to be drafted has caused exasperation among other teams, sources said."
Next Stars definition continues to expand. First for guys who will be draft-eligible in the future, then for guys already drafted, and now for guys whose draft has passed (and might not even get drafted).