Vandy's Scotty Pippen Jr. declares for draft with no agent

Vanderbilt's Scotty Pippen Jr. (2) drives against Florida's Tyree Appleby (22) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Southeastern Conference Tournament Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr. has declared for the NBA draft without signing with an agent to keep his options open.

Pippen announced his intentions Saturday morning with a social media post. He said he was blessed to come to Vanderbilt.

''We all have dreams and I am ready to pursue mine,'' Pippen said.

The son of six-time NBA champ and one of the league's 50 greatest players Scottie Pippen, he ranked second in the Southeastern Conference both in scoring at 20.8 points and with 4.8 assists a game. He ranked 16th nationally in scoring per game.

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.''

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