Two talented scorers are returning for at least one more year of college basketball.
After testing the waters, Scotty Pippen Jr. has withdrawn from the NBA Draft. The Vanderbilt guard ranked second in the SEC in points (20.8) and assists (4.9) per game last season to earn First Team All-SEC Honors.
At one point this offseason, some speculated that Pippen could opt out of the Draft, enter the portal and transfer to Kentucky, his “dream school.” Today the dream of adding an infamous Rupp Arena scorer to the lineup has been put to bed.
A former Wildcat could not turn a Cinderella NCAA Tournament run into an NBA Draft Lottery selection. Johnny Juzang shot better than 50% and averaged more than 22 ppg. during UCLA’s surprising run to the Final Four, finishing with the second-most points by a Bruin in NCAA Tournament history. Despite the impressive performances, he was projected as a late second round pick, ranked by ESPN as the No. 53 available player.
Juzang will likely earn preseason All-American honors and UCLA will be a popular pick to return to the Final Four. Don’t believe the hype. What goes up, must come down, especially if it’s coached by Mick Cronin.