5 SEC basketball players improve their stock

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SEC basketball has been in tears this season heading into the NCAA Tournament. Take a look at five players who increased their stock in this year’s NBA Draft.

Scotty Pippen Jr, 6-foot-3 junior, guard, Vanderbilt Commodores

Scotty Pippen Jr. has been one of the biggest names in SEC basketball after testing the waters of the NBA Draft a season ago. The 2020-21 First-Team All-Conference selection is back and producing on the hardwood as he claims a spot in this year’s NBA draft.

The 6-foot-3 guard posts 18.7 ppg, 3.7 apg, 3.5 rpg and 1.8 spg while shooting 31.5% from 3-point field and 42% from the field in 2021-22 . He’s poised to produce a lot more than he did a season ago as a big name in SEC basketball.

Despite Vanderbilt Basketball’s overall record, Seed still ranks second in SEC basketball in points per game, first in free throws made (120), and ninth in total steals (41). He has shown flashes of his potential at guard this season.

He’s dropped more than 30 points three times this season, including on the road against the highly ranked Kentucky Wildcats on Feb. 2. He finished with 33 points on 11-of-23 shooting, 2-of-5 shooting from 3-point range and 9-of-12 shooting from the free throw line to go along with six rebounds and five assists.

He’s a combo guard with all the potential as a playmaker and scorer, given his pedigree. He should catch the eye of scouts in this year’s NBA Draft.

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