James (Scoonie) Penn enters his first season as Ohio State’s director of player development. Penn was a letterwinner for the Buckeyes from 1999-2000 and garnered second team All-America honors in 2000.
Penn, who played two seasons at Ohio State after transferring from Boston College, was named Big Ten Player of the Year in 1999 and was a two-time first team All-Big Ten pick. The Salem, Mass., native captained the Buckeyes and was named team Co-MVP both seasons. In his two seasons, Penn averaged 16.3 points and 4.1 rebounds to go along with 284 assists for the Buckeyes. He ranks 46th all-time in scoring at Ohio State with 1,076 points and his 123 points scored in NCAA Tournament play rates seventh in program history.
Penn, who was voted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013, was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the 2000 NBA Draft and spent his entire playing career overseas. He played 11 seasons in Europe for teams in Italy, Croatia and Greece, averaging 11.4 points, 2.8 assists and 2.6 boards per contest.