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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.
Senior SeasonFirst 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 SeasonThe 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 SeasonPlayed for Boston College
Transferred to Ohio State following the '96-97 season
Freshman SeasonPlayed at Boston College
1996 Big East Rookie of the Year after averaging 13.2 ppg and 3.5 apg
NotablesMassachusetts HS Player of the Year as a senior
Given name is James Penn
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