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April 27, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior guard Scoonie Penn will stay for his senior season at Ohio State.%^$

%^$Penn transferred to Ohio State from Boston College for the start of the 1997 fall quarter. The Salem, Mass. native was voted by the media as the 1999 Big Ten Player of the Year, 1999 South Regional Most Outstanding Player, 1999 Second team All-American as voted by the USBWA, 1999 Third team All-American as voted by the Associated Press and Basketball News, and was voted by the Big Ten coaches and media as a First team All-Big Ten Selection. %^$

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%^$1999 Honors…%^$

1999 Big Ten Player of the Year%^$ 1999 South Regional MostOutstanding Player%^$ USBWA 1999 Second Team All-American%^$Associated Press and Basketball News 1999 Third TeamAll-American%^$ First Team All Big Ten Selection%^$

%^$An Overview…
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James “Scoonie” Penn transferred to Ohio State from BostonCollege for the start of the 1997 fall quarter.
%^$ He became eligible at the start of the 1998-99 season.
%^$ Heart of the Buckeyes…ball is constantly in his hands…doeswhat has to be done for OSU to be successful…a tirelesscompetitor.
%^$ He was the 1996 BIG EAST Conference and the ECAC Rookie of theYear after averaging 13.2 points, 3.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds pergame.
%^$ Penn was selected first-team all-BIG EAST and he earnedsecond-team all-Freshman honors by both Basketball Times andBasketball Weekly.
%^$ As a sophomore, he led Boston College to the Big Easttournament championship, claiming MVP honors in the process.
%^$ He averaged 13.1 points per game and 2.0 assists.
%^$ Both years he guided the Eagles into the NCAA Tournament.
%^$ He played with the NIT All-Stars in Italy and with a group ofcollege all-stars in Greece in the summer of 1998…There he helpedguide the college all-star team, coached by Ohio State AssociateHead Coach Rick Boyages, to a second-place finish in the AcropolisCup Tournament.
%^$ Born Jan. 9, 1977, he is the son of Allegra Penn. %^$

%^$As a Junior…
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The Big Ten Player of the Year and First Team all-Big Tenselection.
%^$ Made the USBWA Second Team and Associated Press Third Teamall-America teams.
%^$ Named 1999 NCAA South Region Most Outstanding Player.
%^$ Averaged 16.2 points, 6.8 rebound and 4.4 assists in five NCAATournament games.
%^$ Averaged 14.5 points and six assists in the Big TenTournament.
%^$ Made third NCAA Tournament appearance.
%^$ Reached double figures in scoring 31 times, including 13 gameswith 20 or more…Was game-high scorer 13 times and led OSU inscoring 16 times…Led team in assists 25 times and was thegame-high distributor 17 times.
%^$ Earned three Big Ten POW (2/22/99)..earned second Big TenPlayer of the Week honor (2/15/99) after wins over Iowa andMichigan…Big Ten Player of the Week (11/16/98).
%^$ 1998-99 tri-captain.
%^$ Grabbed career-high 12 rebounds to go with 15 points in winover Detroit in NCAA second round…had a double-double by halftime(10 pts., 10 rebs.) vs. Detroit.
%^$ Set OSU single season record for 3-pointers made (88) andattempted (229).
%^$ Scored a career high 30 points in win over Wisconsin(2/24/99)…connected on 6 of 9 3-pointers, 6 of 6 FTs and added 6rebounds and 3 steals against the Badgers.
%^$ Led team in assists (154), steals (70), 3-point field goals(88), and minutes (1,247).
%^$ Scored 18 second-half points at Indiana (2/17/99) leading allscorers with 20 in 69-67 win over the Hoosiers.
%^$ Scored 27 points, including 24 in the second half in 73-69 winover Iowa (2/13/99).
%^$ Drilled a career-high six 3-pointers against the Hawkeyes, allin the second half.
%^$ Eclipsed the 1,000 career-point mark with 21 vs. Iowa(1/12/99).
%^$ Had 28 double-digit scoring outings, including 22 of his last23 contests…Has 72 for career.
%^$ Has started all 92 games in which he has appeared, including 56at BC.
%^$ Voted to the all-tournament team at the Puerto RicoHolidayClassic.
%^$ Reached 300 career assists with three vs. Wisconsin(2/24/99)…Went over the 300 rebound mark (314) with career-high12 against Detroit.
%^$ Played 30 or more minutes in 30 games, including 25 of last 26contests.%^$

%^$Looking Back…
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Penn was a two-time first-team all-state performer for Salem(Mass.) High School and the Massachusetts Player of the Year as asenior.
%^$ He averaged 30.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 4.0steals as a senior when he led Salem to the Division II statechampionship with a 23-0 record.
%^$ He set the school career scoring standard with 2,189 points andhe set the school single-game mark with 53 points in a 1995game.
%^$ He was selected to the Boston Herald and Boston Globe Dreamteams after his senior season.%^$ He was coached in high school byPaul Garrity.%^$

%^$JAMES “SCOONIE” PENN’S CAREER STATISTICS %^$ Total 3-Point Rebounds %^$Year G-GS Min. FG-FGA Pct. FG-FGA Pct. FT-FTA Pct. Off Def Tot Avg. PF-D Ast TO Blk Stl Pts.- Avg.%^$1996* 30-30 1,036/34.5 134-306 .438 55-175 .314 74-98 .755 17 86 103 3.4 59-2 106 69 4 35 397-13.2%^$1997* 26-26 886/34.1 109-271 .402 49-148 .331 73-94 .777 15 67 82 3.2 49-2 81 62 1 53 340-13.1%^$1999 36-36 1,247/34.6 202-450 .449 88-229 .384 117-158 .741 17 123 140 3.9 79-0 154 96 4 70 609-16.9%^$Totals 92-92 3,169/34.4 445-1,027 .433 192-552 .348 264-350 .754 49 276 325 3.5 187-4 341 227 9 158 1,346-16.9%^$* Played two seasons at Boston College%^$

%^$JAMES “SCOONIE” PENN’S BIG TEN STATISTICS %^$ Total 3-Point Rebounds %^$Year G-GS Min. FG-FGA Pct. FG-FGA Pct. FT-FTA Pct. Off Def Tot Avg. PF-D Ast TO Blk Stl Pts.- Avg.%^$1999 16-16 574/35.9 96-212 .453 41-109 .376 56-74 .757 8 52 60 3.8 33-0 66 45 3 40 289-18.1%^$Totals 16-16 574/35.9 96-212 .453 41-109 .376 56-74 .757 8 52 60 3.8 33-0 66 45 3 40 289-18.1%^$

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-Go Bucks!-%^$