• Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer

    Longmont's Justinian Jessup signed a letter of intent on Tuesday to play college basketball at Boise State.

  • Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer

    Niwot softball player Brooklynn DeLozier will play college ball at New Mexico Highlands University .

  • David R. Jennings / Staff Photographer

    Silver Creek's Austin Wood signed with Furman University.



LONGMONT — Justinian Jessup’s college decision had already been made and the Longmont High School senior had publicly announced his commitment as far back as September.

But it’s not official until that paper is signed.

On Wednesday morning, Jessup signed his national letter of intent to play men’s basketball at Boise State University. The Longmont Trojans’ hoops star will now officially be a Bronco by this time next year.

“It’s a little overwhelming to be honest,” Jessup said. “Becoming a college basketball player is pretty crazy but that’s been the dream for a long time and I couldn’t be happier.”

Jessup said his final decision was between Boise State and Davidson College. He also reportedly received offers from the University of Colorado, the University of Northern Colorado and Weber State University.

“Each school had different qualities that I liked but I thought that Boise was the right place for me,” Jessup said.

A 6-foot-4 left-handed guard, Jessup led Longmont to the Class 4A state championship game and a near undefeated as a junior last season. He averaged 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.5 assists per game.

Having coached at a school that has produced one talented basketball player after another and over 300 wins under him alone, Trojans head coach Jeff Kloster said Jessup is clearly one of the best talents the program has had. Undoubtedly, he said, Jessup is one of the most versatile.

“The thing that I’ve come to appreciate is just his workmanship,” Kloster said. “He comes ready to work every day in practice. He leads not with his voice but with his work ethic. His mission is to get better and he takes himself out of his comfort zone. It’s easy, especially for good players, to stick with the easy thing that they’re good at.

“The coaches at Boise State recognized that he can do everything. He’s not just an offensive player but he’s a defensive player and he has the mental toughness and the desire to guard the opponent’s best player. Having a kid in our program that does the things he can do, takes pride on the defensive end and makes people around him better makes him the consummate player.”

Jessup, who plays club basketball for the Colorado Titans, said signing to play college basketball at Boise State was a joyous moment in his life. But now that it’s official and his future college basketball career is secured, Jessup said his sole concern is to help the Trojans reach the 4A state title game again in 2015-16.

“That’s the goal,” Jessup said. “That’s all that’s on my mind now.”

Brad Cochi: cochib@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BradCochi

Local signings

(Editor’s notes: The following is a list of athletes provided to BoCoPreps.com who signed letter’s of intent this week)


Olivia Rogers — Cross country, Drake University 

Audrey Brown — Women’s lacrosse, University of Massachusetts-Lowell 


Brenna Chase — Women’s basketball, Brigham Young University

Madeline Kern — Women’s golf, Regis University

Madelaine McClain — Women’s swimming, Colorado Mesa University

Julie McNees — Volleyball, University of Arkansas


Frank Ryder — Men’s basketball, University of San Diego

Carlo Kemp — Football, University of Michigan

Sandra Freeman — Women’s swimming, Northwestern University

Lauren Adler — Women’s swimming, University of South Dakota

Adee Weller —Women’s swimming, University of North Carolina-Asheville

Julia Benz — Women’s diving, Brown University

Sydney MacInnis — Volleyball, Daemen College


Megan McKinney — Volleyball, Nebraska Wesleyan

Sydney Wetterstrom — Volleyball, University of Michigan

Ellie Ownes — Softball, Chadron State

Justinian Jessup — Men’s basketball, Boise State

Madi Gaibler — Women’s basketball, UCCS

Mason Peterson — Baseball, Colorado School of Mines

Andrew Voydat — Baseball, Air Force Academy


Bre Boruff — Softball, University of Nebraska

Natasha Quintana — Softball, Bethany College 


Kristin Barbour — Women’s soccer, Villanova

Delaney Elliott — Women’s golf, Montana State University  


Brooklynn DeLozier — Softball, New Mexico Highlands University

Bailey Kleespies — Softball, Colorado Mesa University

Alyssa Meadows — Softball, Adams State

Silver Creek

Jordan Carter — Women’s basketball, Fort Lewis College

Austin Wood — Baseball, Furman University

Erin Sargent — Women’s golf, University of Wyoming