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April 24, 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio–Jim O’Brien, Ohio State head men’s basketball coach, announced today the annual awards for the 1999-00 basketball team during its annual banquet held in Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

Four players shared the team MVP honor after leading the Buckeyes to a combined 50-16 record over the last two seasons. Seniors Scoonie Penn, a 5-10 guard from Salem, Mass., and George Reese, a 6-7 forward from Columbus, Ohio, along with juniors Ken Johnson, a 6-11 center from Detroit, Mich., and Michael Redd, a 6-6 guard from Columbus, Ohio, were named 1999-00 Co-MVPs.

Penn, an Associated Press Third Team All-American in 2000, ended his OSU career with 1,079 points, 284 assists, 136 steals and an Ohio State school record 153 made 3-pointers in two seasons as a Buckeye. His four-year totals, which include two seasons at Boston College, included 1,813 points, 471 assists, 224 steals 257 made 3-pointers and a career free throw shooting percentage of .755 (372-493).

Penn, the 1999 Big Ten Player of the Year, was selected to the All-Big Ten First Team by both coaches and league media members. He finished his career with four trips to the NCAA Tournament and an appearance in the Final Four in 1999.

Reese became the third offensive option the Buckeyes sought for 1999-00. He scored in double figures 22 times as a senior, including his last 12 games in a Buckeye uniform. His 25 points, a career high, helped clinch a share of the Big Ten regular-season title at Minnesota.

His efforts earned him a spot on both the coaches’ and media’s all-Big Ten Third Team.

Johnson, who was awarded a fourth season of eligibility last week by the NCAA, was the runaway winner of Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award after rejecting an Ohio State and Big Ten single-season record 161 blocks in 1999-00. His 5.37 blocks per game as a junior were the fifth highest average in NCAA history. He was voted by the Big Ten coaches to the All-Big Ten Second Team.

Redd was a First Team all-Big Ten honoree after leading the Buckeyes in scoring for the third-consecutive season with 17.3 points per game as a junior. His career total of 1,879 points ranks fifth on the career scoring list at Ohio State.

He is one of only two Buckeyes in history (Jerry Lucas) to score 500 or more points in three different seasons at Ohio State.

Reese earned the Most Improved Player award after his breakout season both offensively and defensively.

Reese started 17 of 30 games increasing his scoring average from 5.5 points as a junior to 13.2 points in 1999-00. He increased his field goal shooting percentage from .420 (73-174) as a junior to .524 (155-296) as a senior.

Penn earned the John Havlicek Award given to the player who is deemed the most inspirational player on the team.

Penn was the heart of the Buckeyes during his two seasons in Columbus. He is one on only seven OSU players in history to reach 1,000 or more points in just two seasons in the Scarlet and Gray.

He started every game in which he appeared during his collegiate career, including all 66 as a Buckeye and 122 overall.

Senior Kwadjo Steele, a 6-6 forward from Dayton, Ohio, was given the team’s Fred R. Taylor Award given to a player for academic excellence.

Steele, a zoology major, was a walk-on his first two seasons at Ohio State before earning a scholarship the last two seasons.

He played in 46 career games for Ohio State and is the only current member of the Buckeyes to play for four years in an OSU uniform.

Buckeyes receive watches, other honors
OSU players and staff also received their 2000 NCAA Tournament watches.

The senior Buckeyes, including managers Mike Ullmer and Nick Maddron each received a framed jersey.

Penn, Redd, Reese and Johnson each received a plaque honoring their all-Big Ten Conference awards earned in 1999-00.

Penn, Johnson receive ball for milestones
Senior Scoonie Penn was given a commemorative ball for reaching 1,000 points at Ohio State. In two seasons as a Buckeye, he scored 1,076 career points. He is one of just 38 Ohio State players to reach 1,000 career points.

In his career, which includes two seasons at Boston College, Penn scored 1,813 career points for an average of 14.9 points a game. He averaged 16.3 in two seasons at Ohio State.

Junior Ken Johnson set an Ohio State and Big Ten single-season record with 161 blocks. He now has a career total of 319, nine short of the Ohio State career record of 328, currently held by Herb Williams (1978-81).

Johnson, who will return for a fourth year in 2000-01, has a chance to become the Big Ten’s all-time leader in blocked shots. He trails Calvin Booth, who recorded 428 from 1995-99 at Penn State. Johnson needs 110 blocks to overtake Booth.

Bordner wraps up OSU career
Ohio State trainer Mike Bordner completed 33 season on the sidelines of OSU athletics events.

During a special ceremony, Bordner was given an honorary Varsity “O”, a framed No. 33 jersey signifying his years of service and a 1999 Final Four bench chair.

A career highlight video also was played in his honor.

2000 in Review

Ohio State (23-7, 13-3)

No. 17 USA Today/ESPN
No. 8 Associated Press
Sagarin Ratings: 18th
RPI Final: 24th

(Team)
.378, OSU’s Big Ten leading field goal percentage defense

2, OSU’s total number of starting lineups in 1999-00

6.67, OSU’s Big Ten leading blocks per game average

8, new entries in the Big Ten Records Book for single game attendance, all set in 1999-00 with Ohio State crowds

12, number of sellouts, including all eight Big Ten games, in 1999-00

16th, Big Ten Conference Title, 11th shared

17, Number of games OSU held opponents under 65 points in 1999-00, OSU was 16-1 in those games

20, consecutive weeks in Associated Press Top 25 in 1999-00

20th, NCAA Tournament Appearance

29-3, OSU record in Value City Arena in its two-year history

30, consecutive weeks in the Associated Press Top 25 in last two years

36-19, record in NCAA Tournament action

50, Number of points Redd and George Reese combined to score, 25 each in a win over Michigan (2/6)

200, OSU’s team blocks in 1999-00, a school record

250, Consecutive games with a made 3-pointer by the Buckeyes

18,702, average attendance at Value City Arena, a Big Ten and OSU record

(Individual)
5.37, Ken Johnson’s average blocks per game, 5th all time in NCAA history

6, Total of Big Ten players in history to reach 300+ career blocks, Johnson

11, single game record for blocked shots by Johnson vs. St. John’s and Iowa

30%, improvement in FT pct. by sophomore Brian Brown (.519 as a freshman to .819 as a sophomore)

80, number of blocks Joel Pryzbilla of Minnesota had in 1999-00 to rank second in the Big Ten

153, career 3-pointers made by Scoonie Penn, an OSU record

161, Johnson’s blocks in 1999-00, an Ohio State and Big Ten record

1,891, Michael Redd’s point total after three seasons, 5th all-time