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Scotty Pippen Jr. declares for NBA draft, could return to Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt sophomore guard Scotty Pippen Jr. has declared for the 2021 NBA draft without signing with an agent to keep his options open.

Pippen, the son of the Chicago Bulls Hall of Famer, led the Commodores in scoring (20.8 PPG), assists (4.9 APG) and steals (1.8 SPG) last season. He ranked second in the SEC in points and assists and 16th nationally in scoring.

"We all have dreams and I am ready to pursue mine," Pippen wrote on Twitter.

Pippen is not listed among the top 100 players in the 2021 NBA draft class by ESPN. He has until July 19 to withdraw his name from the draft.

Coach Jerry Stackhouse said Pippen earned the right to check out his draft status and has Vanderbilt's full support.

"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."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.