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May. 1, 2000

%^$SPRINGFIELD, Mass., May 1, 2000-Scoonie Penn, a 5-foot-10 guard from Ohio State who was named First-Team All Big Ten this past season, has been named the winner of the 32nd Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, honoring the nation’s outstanding senior male collegian 6-feet or under. The award, presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, was announced by Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Don E. N. Gibson.%^$

%^$The Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, named in honor of James Naismith’s daughter-in-law, was selected by a panel of representatives from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). To earn the award, the recipient must demonstrate leadership, character, loyalty and all-around basketball ability.%^$

%^$Penn, who was named the 1999 Big Ten Player of the Year, played two seasons at Ohio State after transferring from Boston College after the 1996-97 season. In just two seasons at OSU, Penn made a significant dent in the record books, finishing his career first all-time in 3-point field goals made (153) and attempted (437) and 33rd in scoring (1,076 points). Penn is the 38th Ohio State player to reach the 1,000 point plateau, but only the second to reach that plateau in just two seasons.%^$

%^$In 1999-00, Penn averaged 15.6 ppg and 4.4 rpg and scored in double figures in 26 of 30 games (57 of 66 games for his career), and led the Buckeyes in scoring 11 times. He tied his career-high 30 points against NCAA champion Michigan State Feb. 15, 2000. A deft passer and leader of the Buckeyes offense, Penn led OSU in assists 20 times and achieved a career-high 12 assists against Florida A&M Dec. 11, 1999.%^$

%^$As a junior, Penn was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and was a First Team All-Big Ten selection. He led OSU to the NCAA Final Four and was named Most Outstanding Playaer of the NCAA South Region. He was named Third Team All-America by the Associated Press. He led OSU in assists (154), steals (70), 3-point field goals (88) and minutes played (1,247).%^$

%^$A native of Salem, Mass., Penn began his collegiate career at Boston College. As a freshman, he was the 1996 BIG EAST Conference and the ECAC Rookie of the Year following a 13.2 ppg, 3.5 assists and 3.4 rebound per game season. As a sophomore he led Boston College to the BIG EAST Tournament championship and was named MVP.%^$

%^$Penn was a two-time First Team All-State selection at Salem (Mass.) High School and was named the Massachusetts Player of the Year as a senior. He averaged 30.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 4.0 assists as a senior and led Salem to the Division II state championship with a 23-0 record.%^$

%^$Penn set the Salem High School scoring record with 2,189 points and scored a school single-game record with 53 point in 1995. He was selected to the Boston Globe and Boston Herald Dream Teams after his senior season.%^$

%^$Highlights of Penn’s Collegiate Career:
%^$ First Team All-Big Ten (2000)
%^$ Big Ten Player of the Year (1999) and First Team selection (1999)
%^$ Scored 1,076 career points, 33rd best in Ohio State history
%^$ Scored 1,000 points in two seasons at OSU
%^$ Second player in school history to score 1,000 points in two seasons
%^$ Led Ohio State to the 1999 NCAA Final Four and two NCAA appearances
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%^$Previous winners of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award:%^$1969 William Keller Purdue%^$1970 John Rinka Kenyon%^$1971 Charlie Johnson California%^$1972 Scott Martin Oklahoma%^$1973 Robert Sherwin Army%^$1974 Mike Robinson Michigan State%^$1975 Monte Towe North Carolina%^$1976 Frank Alagia St. John’s%^$1977 Jeff Jonas Utah%^$1978 Mike Schieb Susquehanna%^$1979 Alton Byrd Columbia%^$1980 Jim Sweeney Boston College%^$1981 Terry Adolph West Texas State%^$1982 Jack Moore Nebraska%^$1983 Ray McMallum Ball State%^$1984 Ricky Stokes Virginia%^$1985 Bubba Jennings Texas Tech%^$1986 Jim Les Bradley%^$1987 Tyrone Bogues Wake Forest%^$1988 Jerry Johnson Florida Southern%^$1989 Tim Hardaway UTEP%^$1990 Greg Harvey St. John’s%^$1991 Keith Jennings East Tennessee%^$1992 Tony Bennett Wisconsin-Green Bay%^$1993 Sam Crawford New Mexico State%^$1994 Greg Brown New Mexico%^$1995 Tyus Edney UCLA%^$1996 Eddie Benton Vermont%^$1997 Brevin Knight Stanford%^$1998 Earl Boykins Eastern Michigan%^$1999 Shawnta Rogers George Washington%^$2000 Scoonie Penn Ohio State%^$