January 9, 1977 |
Yonkers, New York
|Listed height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Salem (Salem, Massachusetts)|
|NBA draft||2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57th overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|2002–2003||Red Star Belgrade|
|Career highlights and awards|
James Donell "Scoonie" Penn (born January 9, 1977) is an analyst for the Big Ten Network and an American former professional basketball player who played the point guard position. His height is 5 ft 11 in and he weighs 180 pounds.
Penn played high school basketball at Salem High School in Salem, Massachusetts. He then 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.
Penn left the United States to play in Europe. He made his big splash with the Adriatic League club Red Star Belgrade. He had a great season with Red Star Belgrade. The fans loved him. He was the leader of the team and that was the best season in his career.
Penn left the club the following season and played in the 2005-06 season for Cibona Zagreb and in the 2006-07 season he was a member of the Greek League club Olympiacos. He then moved to the Turkish League club Efes Pilsen for the 2007-08 season, followed by the Ukrainian 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 plays in Italian second division LegADue.
Awards and accomplishments
- 1995-96 Big East Conference Rookie of the Year, First Team All-Big East Conference member.
- 1996-97 First Team All-Big East Conference. Conference's Tournament Championship winner (MVP).
- 1998-99 Big Ten Conference Player of the Year.
- 1998-99 Led Ohio State to the NCAA Final Four.
- 1999-00 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the nation's top senior under 6'0" (1.83 m) tall.
- Selected Third Team All-America and First Team All-Big Ten Conference in both his junior and senior seasons. Ended his career at Ohio State University as the college's all-time leader in three-point field goals made.