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Scotty Pippen Jr. withdraws from draft, returning to Vandy

NCAA Basketball: SEC Conference Tournament-Vanderbilt vs Florida

Mar 11, 2021; Nashville, TN, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores guard Scotty Pippen Jr. (2) works against Florida Gators guard Tre Mann (1) during the second half at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Scotty Pippen Jr. has decided to return to Vanderbilt for his junior season after testing his options for the NBA draft.

Vanderbilt announced Wednesday night that Pippen will return for the upcoming season. Pippen announced in April he would test his draft status and not sign with an agent.

Pippen, who started 53 of his first 54 games played, was All-Southeastern Conference and ranked second in the league scoring an average of 20.8 points a game. That set a school scoring record for sophomores and also ranked as the seventh-highest scoring season in program history.

He also had the ninth-most assists per game in school history last season averaging 4.9 per game. Pippen was third in the SEC and ninth nationally making 142 free throws and second in t he SEC averaging 1.77 steals a game. He set an SEC Tournament record for most made free throws without a miss in a single tournament making all 25 over two games.

Pippen will join graduate transfers Liam Robbins from Minnesota and Dayton’s Rodney Chatman along with four-star recruits Gabe Dorsey and Peyton Daniels.