Oct. 8, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio- Scoonie Penn, a letterwinner on the Ohio State men's basketball team in 1999 and 2000, was officially inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Sept. 27. Penn, along with 13 other inductees, was honored during a dinner at the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom in the Ohio Union.
A tireless competitor, Penn helped orchestrate one of the most monumental turnarounds in Ohio State and Big Ten history.
As a senior, Penn was awarded the Francis Pomeroy Award, given to the best player in the country under 6-feet tall. He was one of the most well-rounded players nationally during his time with the Buckeyes. In just two years at Ohio State, Penn set the Ohio State record for career 3-pointers made with 153, a mark that is now tied for fourth all-time. Penn's 88 made 3s in 1998-99 is the fifth-best total in a single season at Ohio State.
The two-time captain, who was named captain before playing his first game as a Buckeye, Penn was named co-team MVP along with Michael Redd following the 1998-99 season, and again following the 2000 season.
A consensus Second Team All-America selection in 2000 and two-time First Team All-Big Ten guard, Penn is tied for the No. 20 spot in single season scoring in the Ohio State record book with 609 points scored during his junior year (1998-99). Though he was an accomplished scorer, Penn was best known for setting up his teammates and playing defense. He recorded 284 assists in two seasons with the Buckeyes. He was credited with 70 thefts as a junior and 66 as a senior. Both totals are among the Top 10 single-season efforts in Ohio State history. In both his junior and senior seasons, Penn led the Buckeyes in both assists and steals. In 66 career games, Penn became a 1,000-point scorer in an OSU uniform. He finished with 1,076 career points as a Buckeye for a scoring average of 16.3 points per game. He is one of three Buckeyes in history to score 1,000 or more points in just two years in an Ohio State uniform.
Over the history of Value City Arena (1999-present), Penn is one of just six Buckeyes to reach 30 or more points on Ohio State's home court. He tallied 30 points vs. Wisconsin Feb. 24, 1999 and his 12 assists vs. Florida A&M Dec. 4, 1999, also is an arena record. Against Oakland University Nov. 13, 1998, the first game played at Value City Arena, Penn recorded the first assist in the building's history.