Scottie Pippen is among the many former star basketball players whose son is hitting college age.
The Chicago Bulls legend’s son, Scotty Pippen Jr., is a point guard at Sierra Canyon High School in California.
The 6-foot lead guard is ranked No. 276 overall in the class of 2019.
He’s the No. 30 point guard, and No. 29 player in California, per 247Sports.
His Hall of Fame father was famously a late bloomer, growing significantly in college. He attended Central Arkansas, where he developed into a top five pick.
The younger Pippen is heading to a bigger program right off the bat: Vanderbilt.
Scotty Pippen Jr. announced his commitment to Vanderbilt basketball moments ago.
From his Twitter account:
— Scotty Pippen (@spippenjr) January 11, 2019
Pippen’s full note:
“I would like thank god for blessing me to be able to play the game that I love. I would also like to thank everyone who has ever supported me. A huge thank you to my parents and the rest of my family for always supporting me and helping me be the best I could be. I would like to thank my coaches, trainers and people around me who have pushed me to the next level and helped me reach where I am today. I want to thank all the coaches who took time and recruited me. With that being said I would like to announce my commitment to VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY #AnchorDown”
To address the most pressing question here: it is less weird than it looks that Scottie Pippen spells his son’s name with a ‘y.’ That is actually how the senior Pippen’s name is legally spelled as well.
From an Esquire interview a few years ago:
It’s really Scotty. But for some reason, when people see it with a y, they shorten it to Scott.
That’s how they announced me at the NBA draft. Scott Pippen. What was I going to do, argue with the commissioner?
The more you know…