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The EYBL season is almost here, and All Ohio Red will be entering the 2019 circuit with a familiar name at point guard.
Penn, a 6-foot floor general and the son of former Ohio State star Scoonie Penn, is set to play a huge role for AOR. Penn averaged 20 points, five assists, five rebounds, and two steals in 25 games during the 2018-19 high school season, helping guide Dublin-Coffman (OH) to a 23-2 record. Penn is a bit undersized, but his speed and quickness should allow him to make an immediate and consistent impact in the EYBL.
We caught up with Penn, asking him a variety of questions surrounding his budding basketball career.
Q: What drew you to play in the EYBL instead of one of the other shoe brands?
Dom Penn: EYBL is the best competition hands down. Nike is the best and my favorite brand as well. I used to watch the Peach Jam when I was younger and I’ve always wanted to be a part of that.
What skills have you been working on the most? What have you been doing to improve those?
DP: My athleticism, defense and strength. I’ve spent a lot of time in the weight room and doing a lot of footwork to improve and it has paid off. But I’m still working on it so I can be ready for the spring and summer.
What is something about your game that you feel is overlooked/underestimated?
DP: Probably my athleticism, but I look forward to showing it this AAU season for sure.
Outside of ball what are your hobbies/interests?
DP: I love to sleep, play video games, eat and hang out with friends and family.
How’s recruitment going? What are the biggest factors in you deciding where to play at the next level?
DP: I don’t want to mention any schools because my recruitment is completely wide open. I’ve been focused on being on an even better leader and point guard.
Which team will win the finals this year, other than the Warriors?
DP: Boston Celtics.
How will they pull it off?
DP: The Celtics have all the pieces and the playoffs they are just different. Nobody is stopping Kyrie and the rest of the lineup. They already embarrassed the Warriors in Oakland and that really showed what they can do to anyone on any given night.
If there’s one sentence you would say to describe your game what would it be?
DP: My game is versatile.