The former Lincoln High (N.Y.) big man and Sebastian Telfair sidekick opted to leave the distractions in the city and head for the country at St. Thomas More (Conn.).
While Pena has been out of action for a couple weeks because of a left knee sprain, things have gone as well as expected for the 6-6 ½, 215-pound junior forward.
Pena has re-classified into the Class of 2006 and the switch to St. Thomas More has given him the ability to showcase his versatility and develop his perimeter game under coach Jere Quinn.
``I made the right decision," Pena said. "It's real hard being away because I'm used to being home, but I've gotten used to it.
Pena is hoping to return to the court in about 10 days – after St. Thomas More returns from its one-week break.
``I don't really care about people calling me an undersized power forward," Pena added. "I can't really be called an undersized power forward if people can't stop me down low."
``It'll be where I feel comfortable," he added. "I don't really want to be too close to home because I think the best thing for me is to be away from home."