Scoonie Penn

James Donell "Scoonie" Penn (born January 9, 1977) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was a point guard during his playing career that was spent primarily in Europe.

Scoonie Penn
Scoonie Penn warming up.jpg
Penn, with Efes, in 2008.
Memphis Grizzlies
PositionAssistant coach
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1977-01-09) January 9, 1977 (age 44)
Yonkers, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolSalem (Salem, Massachusetts)
College
NBA draft2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career2000–2011
PositionPoint guard
Coaching career2019–present
Career history
As player:
2000–2001Trieste
2001–2002Virtus Roma
2002Asheville Altitude
2002–2003Crvena zvezda
2003–2004Cibona
2004Makedonikos
2004–2005Scavolini Pesaro
2005–2006Cibona
2006–2007Olympiacos
2007–2008Efes Pilsen
2008–2009Kyiv
2009Virtus Bologna
2010Olympiacos
2010–2011Prima Veroli
As coach:
2019–presentMemphis Grizzlies (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As player:

High schoolEdit

Penn played high school basketball at Salem High School in Salem, Massachusetts. He led the team to a state championship in 1995.

College careerEdit

After high school, Penn played college basketball at Boston College, before transferring to Ohio State University, where he teamed up to form a dominant back court with the future Milwaukee Bucks' shooting guard Michael Redd.

Professional careerEdit

After college, Penn left the United States to play in Europe. He made his big splash with the Adriatic League club Crvena zvezda (Red Star Belgrade). He had a great 2002–03 season with Crvena zvezda. The fans loved him. He was the leader of the team, and that was the best season in his career.

Penn left Red Star the following season, and played in the 2005–06 season for Cibona Zagreb. In the 2006–07 season, he was a member of the Greek League club Olympiacos. He then moved to the Turkish Super League club Efes Pilsen, for the 2007–08 season, followed by the Ukrainian Super League club Kyiv, in the 2008–09 season.

At the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Penn made the move to the Italian League, to play with Virtus Bologna. On New Years Day, 2010, it was announced by Greek powerhouse Olympiacos, that Penn would return to the club, to replace Von Wafer, who had been released, due to his inability to adapt to the European game. In October 2010, he signed with Prima Veroli, which was playing in the Italian Second Division at the time.[1]

National team careerEdit

As a member of Team USA, Penn won a gold medal at the 1999 Palma Summer Universiade.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

After Penn retired from playing professional basketball, he became the director of player development for the Ohio State basketball program. In 2019, he accepted a position working as an assistant coach with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies.

Awards and accomplishmentsEdit

College:

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