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Scoonie Penn
Drafted by Atlanta Hawks in Round 2, pick 57

Allsport
Position: Point Guard
College: Ohio St.
Conference: Big Ten
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 185
Age: 23
Birthdate: 01/09/77
High School: Salem HS, Salem, Mass.

Winner of the Naismith award, given to the top senior under 6-feet in the nation, Penn richly deserved the honor. Upon becoming eligible last season after a transfer from Boston College, Penn had an immediate impact on the Buckeyes, transforming them into one of the nation's elite teams. Their appearance in the 1999 Final Four was no fluke. Though he¹s small, Penn backs down from no one. He does a little of everything well, as good point guards should. He's a leader who can penetrate and dish or score when he has to. He takes care of the ball and doesn't turn it over often. His jumper comes and goes, but he has character and drive to make up for that inconsistency. He was a first-team All-Big Ten pick and third-team All-American for the second straight year. Ohio State was 50-16 in his two seasons.

Career Statistics
Season  FGs  PCT  3-pts  PCT  FTs  PCT  RPG  APG  BLK  STL  PTS  AVE 
‘95-96
‘96-97
‘98-99
‘99-00
Totals
30
26
36
30
122
134-306
109-271
202-450
147-381
592-1408
.438
.402
.449
.386
.420
55-175
49-148
88-229
65-208
257-760
.314
.331
.384
.313
.338
74-98
73-94
117-158
108-143
225-301
.755
.777
.741
.755
.746
3.4
3.2
3.9
4.4
4.1
3.5
3.1
4.3
4.3
3.7
4
1
4
2
11
35
53
70
66
224
397
340
609
476
1813
13.2
13.1
16.9
15.6
14.9
 

Senior Season

  • First Team All-Big Ten
  • Set the OSU record for made three-pointers in a career with 153 (accomplishing the feat in only two seasons)
  • For his career, 54% of Penn's FG attempts were three-pointers
  • Became the 38th Buckeye to score 1.000 points in a career (and only the second to do it in two seasons)
  • Tied his career high with 30 points against eventual national champion Michigan State on Feb. 15
  • OSU reached the NCAA tournament, where it lost to Miami (Fla.) in the second round
  • Penn's scoring, shooting and three-point shooting were down significantly from his Junior Season
  • All 122 games of his career were starts

    Junior Season

  • The Big Ten Player of the Year
  • Helped OSU reach the Final Four where it lost to UConn in the semis
  • Set a school record with 88 three-pointers
  • Helped the USA win the World University Games in Spain. Averaged 8.0 ppg and 4.0 apg

    Sophomore Season

  • Played for Boston College
  • Transferred to Ohio State following the '96-97 season

    Freshman Season

  • Played at Boston College
  • 1996 Big East Rookie of the Year after averaging 13.2 ppg and 3.5 apg

    Notables

  • Massachusetts HS Player of the Year as a senior Given name is James Penn


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