Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr. announced Saturday that he is declaring for the NBA Draft without signing with an agent to keep his options open.
The announcement comes 34 years after his father, Scottie Pippen, was taken fifth overall to the Bulls in 1987.
“First off, I want to thank God for everything He has done in my life and for His continual blessings,” Pippen wrote. “I would also like to thank my family for being with me every step of the way. Your support, guidance, and love have meant the world to me, and you’ve always pushed me to be my best.”
“To my friends, teammates, coaches, and everyone else who has been part of my journey, I appreciate you more than you know and none of this would be possible without yall. I was blessed to have the opportunity to come to Vanderbilt University and throughout the highs and lows, the Commodore community has been amazing. I’ll never forget that.”
— Scotty Pippen Jr (@spippenjr) April 10, 2021
Pippen Jr. averaged 20.8 points, 4.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game for the Commodores as a sophomore. He ranked 16th nationally in scoring per game.
Vanderbilt’s head coach Jerry Stackhouse commented on the success and future of Pippen Jr.
‘He has shown tremendous growth in his time here at Vanderbilt, and his record-setting sophomore season was just a peek at his potential,” Stackhouse said in a statement. ”We want Scotty to make the best decision for him and his family and we will help any way we can while he explores his options.”
— Vanderbilt Men's Basketball (@VandyMBB) April 10, 2021
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