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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.”
(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
Jordan Carter — Women’s basketball, Fort Lewis College
Austin Wood — Baseball, Furman University
Erin Sargent — Women’s golf, University of Wyoming