After Scotty Pippen Jr. didn’t hear his name called on NBA draft night, he quickly signed a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
It will be a homecoming of sorts for Pippen who played high school basketball at Sierra Canyon School, which happens to be where Lakers star Lebron James’ son is currently playing.
Despite having NBA legend Scottie Pippen as a father, Scotty Pippen Jr. was not a highly sought-after recruit and came to Vandy with little fanfare.
However, it didn’t take him long to exceed those modest expectations. As a freshman, he became an immediate starter at point guard. His outstanding sophomore and junior seasons earned him back-to-back All-SEC First Team honors. In just three seasons, Pippen leaves Vanderbilt as the school’s 12th leading scorer all time with 1,577 points.
While Pippen’s collegiate career was obviously outstanding, he was still considered a longshot to be drafted. Questions remained about his size, limited athleticism, inconsistent shooting, and propensity for turnovers. Pippen’s two-way contract will allow him to continue to improve his game in the G League while being eligible to be called up for up to 50 NBA games. With the Lakers’ backcourt uncertainty with players like Russell Westbrook and Malik Monk potentially on the way out, Pippen might see an opportunity for the big stage sooner than later.