Terrible news regarding the New Orleans Pelicans. Guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was confirmed dead Saturday at the age of 23.
Details are still murky, but reports from The Vertical said he bled to death after suffering gunshot wounds. There was no indication where or when he was shot, or if he died at the scene of the reported crime. The Pelicans issued the following statement but had no details as of Saturday afternoon.
“It is with deep sadness that the Pelicans organization acknowledges the sudden passing of Bryce Dejean-Jones. We are devastated at the loss of this young man’s life who had such a promising future ahead of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s family during this difficult time.”
He signed with the Pelicans on a 10-day in February after being released by the team last fall, following stints in the Las Vegas summer league and training camp. New Orleans was reeling from injuries and needed help and kept tabs on him. Dejean-Jones averaged 19.1 points and 5 rebounds during a short D-League stint, then received the call from New Orleans.
He became a favorite of coach Alvin Gentry almost immediately. He played 14 games and started 11 and appeared to have a future in New Orleans. He scored 17 points with 9 rebounds against the Lakers in February, then a wrist injury ended his rookie season.
He played for three colleges and went undrafted.