Ohio State Basketball Reflections: The All Jim O'Brien Team

Ohio State Basketball Reflections: The All Jim O'Brien Team

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Ohio State Basketball Reflections: The All Jim O'Brien Team


We’re about ready for another installment of The Basketball Tournament to tip-off. The team is full of former Thad Matta players, so it got us thinking who are the best all-time players Matta coached? Then it got us wondering about the best OSU players for the last four coaches. Next up, we unveil our all Jim O’Brien team.


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Ohio State Basketball Reflections: The All Jim O’Brien Team

We’ve already unveiled our All Thad Team, and now we’ve decided to push ahead and tab an All Jim O’Brien squad as well. Oh, and we won’t stop there, we’ll be unveiling an All Randy Ayers and All Gary Williams Team in the next few days as well.

Why? Because we can, but mostly because the next edition of The Basketball Tournament is getting ready to tip-off, and it’s got a slew of former Thad Matta players running around and completing extraordinary feats of athletic endeavors.

After all, in case you missed it, the big man himself — Greg Oden — had decided to suit up for Team Scarlet & Gray. That alone might be worth dialing up the ESPN family of networks and watching this thing play out.

Anyway, enough about Thad’s guys, we’re here to identify our All Jim O’Brien Team (Hint: Boban Savovic is not on it).

Point Guard

Scoonie Penn

When Ohio State hired Jim O’Brien in 1997, little did they know that his point guard at Boston College would be coming with him. Turned out, that wasn’t such a bad thing despite Penn having to sit out a year because of NCAA transfer rules.

To hear players tell about that year in purgatory, the Ohio State practice squad run by Penn often ran circles around the real, live starting five that was eligible and on scholarship.

That’s okay. Once Penn was eligible, he immediately became arguably the best point guard in the conference and displayed an ability to score and shoot the three unlike the stereotype of generals on the floor up until that time.

Penn finished his career at Ohio State as a two-time First Team All Big-Ten performer, Co-Big-Ten Player of the Year in 1999, and was recognized as a two-time Second Team All-American.

For what it’s worth, Penn was a unanimous choice by our writers. He’s still around the Buckeye program today as the Director of Player Development, and that’s a beautiful thing.

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