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New Orleans Pelicans rookie Bryce Dejean-Jones dies from gunshot wound

By The Sports Xchange
New Orleans Pelicans rookie Bryce Dejean-Jones dies from gunshot wound
Bryce Dejean-Jones. (Twitter/Bryce Dejean-Jones)

New Orleans Pelicans rookie guard Bryce Dejean-Jones died from a gunshot wound to his abdomen, his agent told ESPN Saturday. He was 23.

The Dallas, Texas, County Coroner also confirmed Dejean-Jones' death to NBC Sports.

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"Bryce overcame a lot of obstacles to get to this point in his career," said his agent, Scott Nichols. "He was a joy to be around, a talent just turning the corner in his career."

Dejean-Jones, who was undrafted, signed a three-year contract with the Pelicans in February after playing consecutive 10-day contracts. He averaged 5.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 19.9 minutes over 14 games (11 starts). His season ended when he had surgery for a broken right wrist.

Dejean-Jones played collegiately at USC, UNLV and Iowa State.

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