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Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr. announced Saturday he has declared for the NBA Draft but left open the possibility of returning to the Commodores by not signing with an agent.

“To my friends, teammates, coaches and everyone else who has been part of my journey, I appreciate you more than you know and none of this would be possible without y’all,” Pippen wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “I was blessed to have the opportunity to come to Vanderbilt University and throughout the highs and lows, the Commodore community has been amazing. I’ll never forget that.

“We all have dreams and I’m ready to pursue mine. Therefore I will be declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft while retaining my collegiate eligibility.”

The sophomore started all 22 games for the Commodores and averaged a team-high 20.8 points per game and led the team in assists (107) and steals (39).

Pippen is the son of Scottie Pippen, who won NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls and was a seven-time All-Star.

Vanderbilt could be thin at guard and experience if Pippen doesn’t return. Senior guard Max Evans, who started 20 games, transferred to TCU, and senior guard D.J. Harvey, who started 10, will play at Detroit Mercy.

Freshman guard Trey Thomas, who played in 25 games, made only three starts and freshman guard Issac McBride made just two starts and played in 22 games.

Three-star prospect Peyton Daniels, a 6-foot guard, was part of the 2021 signing class.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr. declares for 2021 NBA Draft

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