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Justin Pippen, Scottie Pippen’s youngest son, settles in Michigan

Justin Pippen announced his college commitment to Michigan. (Photo provided by Dhan Calo/dc7visuals on Instagram)

Justin Pippen, the youngest son of NBA legend Scottie Pippen, has announced that he will play college basketball at Michigan next season. The 6-foot-4 senior point guard from Sierra Canyon High School (Chatsworth, California) was one of the fastest risers in high school, choosing the Wolverines over Cal, Florida, Texas A&M and Stanford.

“I’m really excited to go to Michigan,” Pippen told Yahoo Sports. “It’s a great program and all the new coaching staff are on the same page and telling me I can come in right away and make an impact.”

After being the leading scorer for Sierra Canyon all season, Pippen received interest from several Division I programs across the country, including visits to UC Santa Barbara, Texas A&M and a recent visit to Michigan last weekend.

“It was a great visit just to see the campus and meet the coaches,” Pippen said. “They just told me to keep working and be happy with the way I see the court, and that next year we will make a statement in the Big Ten.”

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Last summer, Pippen did not play on a major AAU team or circuit. Instead, he was in the gym with his older brother, Scotty, who played three years at Vanderbilt and led the SEC in scoring (20.4 points per game) in his freshman year, going undrafted in the 2022 NBA Draft and played for the Los Angeles Lakers. for two seasons before being picked up by the Memphis Grizzlies. Also in the gym with the Pippen brothers at times during the summer were Kenyon Martin Jr., Devin Booker, Jalen Green and Kevin Durant.

“I feel like my brother has definitely improved my work ethic,” Justin Pippen said. “I’ve just been in the gym this summer with him and other professionals, and also with my dad. He just tells me to wake up every day and go to work.”

Pippen finished his high school career at Sierra Canyon, playing alongside four-star guard Isaiah Elohim in the backcourt. Pippen also played with Bronny James for three years before James committed to USC, as did Amari Bailey, who was a freshman at UCLA before being drafted in the second round to the Charlotte Hornets in the 2023 NBA Draft.

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“Every year I just took what I could from those players’ games and tried to get better, especially on the defensive side because both Bronny and Amari were so good with the ball in their hands,” Pippen said.

This is the first big win for new head coach Dusty May, as he has also hired six new assistant coaches to round out his coaching staff. Continuing his father’s basketball legacy, Pippen will be a freshman next season to see how well he plays as a primary ball handler and also shoots the 3 off the dribble – something he learned from some of the best players to ever play the game have played.

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