27.5 MPG 10.2 PPG 2.3 RPG 2.3 APG 1.9 SPG 0 BPG 34 % FG 31.8 % 3FG
Pipkins appeared in all 33 games as a freshman and held down the point guard role for nearly the entirety of the season, starting in 28 contests. Early on, Pipkins made his presence known through his gritty-hard nosed defense which resulted in many steals and fast break chances. In fact, he recorded a program tieing 8 steals in a season opening win vs UMass Lowell. This wouldn’t be the only Minuteman record Pipkins would flirt with on the year as he set a new three-point mark after hitting 8 treys in a win against Kennesaw State. He also poured in a season high 27 points on the night as well. Overall, Pipkins led the team in steals and was third in scoring (10.4) and assists (2.3). Additionally, he was named Atlantic 10 rookie of the week once.
Originally, it appeared that Pipkins would split ball handling responsibilities with newly acquired point guard Jaylen Brantley similar to how duties were shared last year with Dejean Jarreau. Yet, Brantley was diagnosed with a career ending injury during the preseason which means Pipkins will handle the ball more than expected. The backcourt is still extremely inexperienced so expect the offense to run through him until the rest of the guards become more comfortable in this role. Guard development is vital because it will allow Pipkins to play off the ball, which will open up space to create higher percentage shot opportunities. Pipkins proved he was a capable shot maker last season, but this should allow him to raise both his field goal and three-point percentages, two areas he must improve upon if the Minuteman hope to be successful. In his Sophomore season, Pipkins should continue to set the tone with his defensive intensity leading to easy baskets in transition and momentum swings that ultimately may be the difference in close games.
Role/Attributes: Starting Point guard, Scoring guard, Defensive pest