Scoonie Penn

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Scoonie Penn
Scoonie Penn warming up.jpg
Penn, with Efes, in 2008.
Personal information
Born (1977-01-09) January 9, 1977 (age 43)
Yonkers, New York
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolSalem (Salem, Massachusetts)
NBA draft2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career2000–2011
PositionPoint guard
Career history
2000–2001Pallacanestro Trieste
2001–2002Virtus Roma
2002Asheville Altitude
2002–2003Crvena zvezda
2004–2005Scavolini Pesaro
2007–2008Efes Pilsen
2009Virtus Bologna
2010–2011Prima Veroli
Career highlights and awards

James Donell "Scoonie" Penn (born January 9, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player. Standing at 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), he played the point guard position. He is currently the director of player development for the Ohio State basketball program.

High school[edit]

Penn played high school basketball at Salem High School in Salem, Massachusetts.

College career[edit]

After high school, Penn played college basketball at Boston College, before transferring to Ohio State University, where he teamed up to form a dominant back court with the future Milwaukee Bucks' shooting guard Michael Redd.

Professional career[edit]

After college, Penn left the United States to play in Europe. He made his big splash with the Adriatic League club Crvena zvezda (Red Star Belgrade). He had a great 2002–03 season with Crvena zvezda. The fans loved him. He was the leader of the team, and that was the best season in his career.

Penn left Red Star the following season, and played in the 2005–06 season for Cibona Zagreb. In the 2006–07 season, he was a member of the Greek League club Olympiacos. He then moved to the Turkish Super League club Efes Pilsen, for the 2007–08 season, followed by the Ukrainian Super League club Kyiv, in the 2008–09 season.

At the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Penn made the move to the Italian League, to play with Virtus Bologna. On New Years Day, 2010, it was announced by Greek powerhouse Olympiacos, that Penn would return to the club, to replace Von Wafer, who had been released, due to his inability to adapt to the European game. In October 2010, he signed with Prima Veroli, which was playing in the Italian Second Division at the time.[1]

Post playing career[edit]

After Penn retired from playing professional basketball, he became the director of player development for the Ohio State basketball program.

Awards and accomplishments[edit]



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