Run It Back

Scotty Pippen Jr. to continue academic and athletic career at Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rising junior Scotty Pippen Jr. is set to continue his academic and athletic career at Vanderbilt University after exploring his options to enter the 2021 NBA Draft.

Pippen has played in 54 games and made 53 starts in his first two seasons. He was an NABC First-Team All-District pick and an All-SEC selection by The Associated Press in 2020-21 when he set a school record for a sophomore with 20.8 points per game—that also ranked as the seventh-highest scoring season in program history and highest since 1999-2000.

His 457 points are the seventh-most by a sophomore in a season in Vandy history.

A native of Los Angeles, Pippen also posted the ninth-most assists per game in Vandy history last season and ranked second in the SEC with 4.9 per contest. He shared the ball at a record-rate as the first Commodore in five years with 5+ assists in four straight games and is the first Commodore since 2000 with eight or more assists in back-to-back games.

Pippen ranked third in the SEC and ninth nationally with 142 made free throws, and second in the SEC with 1.77 steals per game. He shot 42.8 percent from the field overall, 35.8 percent from 3-point range and 85 percent from the free throw line (second in SEC) and led the team in scoring 13 times. He set an SEC Tournament record for most made free throws without a miss in a single tournament (25 for 25 in two games).

A few new faces are joining Pippen and the Commodores this season, among them are graduate transfers Liam Robbins (Minnesota) and Rodney Chatman (Dayton) as well as two incoming four-star freshmen—Gabe Dorsey and Peyton Daniels for head coach Jerry Stackhouse’s third season at the helm of the Commodores.