Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, California has turned into a fountain of talent. Ziaire Williams, the No. 5 recruit in the Class of 2020, is heading to Stanford. Not far behind at No. 7 is Kentucky commit BJ Boston. Sophomore Amari Bailey is the sixth-rated player in the Class of 2022.
Last year, Scotty Pippen Jr., son of Chicago Bulls great Scottie Pippen, finished his Trailblazer career and embarked on a cross-country migration to be a Vanderbilt Commodore.
Vanderbilt’s Scotty Pippen Jr.
Coming out of high school, Scotty Jr. entertained offers from Colorado State, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, and Washington State prior to committing to Vanderbilt University. He signed with Vandy based on a good relationship with head coach Bryce Drew. Pippen upheld his pledge to Vandy despite Drew being let go two months after he committed.
Pippen played a pivotal role in the Commodores’ rotation in his first season. The 6-foot point guard commands the offense and pushes the ball. He is most effective with the rock in his hands and takes care of it well. The court vision is there, but the passes could tighten up a bit. The freshman shot the three-ball at a respectable 36.2 percent mark.
He started 31 of 32 games, averaging 12 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.1 steals, and 29.8 minutes per contest. The Los Angeles native was the team’s third leading scorer behind sophomore Aaron Newsmith and junior Saben Lee.
Vandy struggled in the SEC, finishing 3-15. They started the conference season 0-8 and won their first league game since 2018 by upsetting LSU on February 8th. A seven-game losing streak ensued, including skids against Kentucky, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Georgia. They ended the regular season on a two-game win streak against Alabama and South Carolina. Pippen scored a career-high 21 points versus the Gamecocks. The Commodores’ season concluded with a loss to Arkansas in the first round of the SEC Tournament in Nashville. The team finished the season 11-21 overall.
Pippen earned All-SEC Freshman honors and seeks to improve. He’s shown the ability to score and distribute and is ready to assume a larger leadership role. As his college career progresses, Pippen shows the potential to grow into one of the SEC’s brightest young stars while helping Vanderbilt ascend the SEC ranks.