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James Penn
Nickname Scoonie
Position Point Guard
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg)
League Greek League
Team Olympiacos Piraeus
Born January 9, 1977 (1977-01-09) (age 33)
New York Brooklyn, New York City
Nationality American
High school Salem High School, Salem, Massachusetts
College Boston College (1995-97)
Ohio State (1998-00)
Draft 2nd round, 57rd overall, 2000
Atlanta Hawks
Pro career 2000–present
Former teams Pallacanestro Trieste (2000-01)
Virtus Roma (2001-02)
Asheville Altitude (2002)
Red Star Belgrade (2002-03)
Cibona Zagreb (2003-04)
Makedonikos (2004)
Scavolini Pesaro (2004-05)
Cibona Zagreb (2005-06)
Olympiacos (2006-07)
Efes Pilsen (2007-08)
Kyiv (2008-09)
Virtus Bologna (2009)

James "Scoonie" Donell Penn (born January 9, 1977 in Brooklyn, New York City) is an American professional basketball player. He plays at the point guard position. His height is 5 ft 11 in and he weighs 180 pounds.


Amateur career

Penn played high school basketball at Salem High School in Salem, Massachusetts. He then played college basketball at Boston College before transferring to The Ohio State University, where he teamed up to form a dominant back court with the future Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Michael Redd.

Pro career

Penn left the United States to play in Europe. He made his big splash with the Adriatic League club Red Star Belgrade. 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, whom had been released due to his inability to adapt to the European game.

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.

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