C.J. Penny No Bargain Basement Talent

C.J. Penny of Anderson County High School in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky is a big guard. He stands 6-5 and has a power forward's frame. Because of his dimensions, Penny said at Miami's Elite Camp that he literally plays every position for his high school. His compares his game to Carmelo Anthony and describes himself as a basketball junkie who "loves to ball."

C.J. Penny of Anderson County High School in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky is a big guard. He stands 6-5 and has a power forward's frame. Because of his dimensions, Penny said at Miami's Elite Camp that he literally plays every position for his high school. His compares his game to Carmelo Anthony and describes himself as a basketball junkie who "loves to ball."

His statistics from last season as a junior are evidence of his versatility. Penny indicated that he averaged 22 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assists, and nearly 3 steals per game. Penny also shot over 60% from the field.

Despite the numbers, Penny is still trying to improve. He stated, "I need to work on my jump shot some more. The knock on my college recruiting is they say I can't shoot it. So I am working on that all summer."

Although his school lost in the first round of the Kentucky state tournament, he expects big things this season as Anderson County returns all of its starters except the point guard.

He has found some success on the AAU summer circuit with the Shining Stars (Stowers). Shining Stars recently won the Kentucky state AAU championship. Penny led his team in scoring in both the semifinals (13 points) and finals (18). Penny also made the All-tournament team at the King of the Bluegrass tournament. In July, Shining Stars will play in the Hoosier Shootout in Indianapolis.

Many scouting services rank Penny as the #3 player in the Kentucky class of 2009 behind Kentucky commit Jon Hood and Miami target Richie Phares. Sporting News College Basketball preseason magazine lists both Penny and 2010 Miami target Aaron Cosby as preseason high school honorable mention All-Americans.

Academically, Penny is a 3.0 student. Although he has not received the results of his ACT yet, Penny is confident he has qualified.

In choosing a college, Penny said he is looking at the overall academic program and the atmosphere that surrounds the basketball team. He wants to major in "sports" in order to "become a college coach so I can stay with the game."

Penny does not have any offers yet. He is primarily interested in Miami (OH), Western Kentucky, Butler, Wright State, and North Carolina A&T. He will make a decision on a college midway through the season.

Penny has already made unofficial visits to the University of Kentucky (attended UK's Elite Camp), Xavier, and Miami. He also was intending to take a visit to Evansville on Monday, June 30, 2008.

Penny said he liked Xavier's campus because it reminded him of home. However, Penny noted one difference saying, "I am from the country and it was in the city. But other than that it was nice."

Penny's visit to Miami took place in 2007. Penny said about the visit to the Oxford campus, "It was nice. I love it. More like home. It was a great (basketball) atmosphere. The coaching staff and players couldn't be any better."

At Miami's Elite Camp, Penny was seen hanging around with Richie Phares. Penny and Phares have discussed playing together in college and are waiting to see what happens with their recruitment. Penny is impressed with the skills Phares possesses. Specifically, Penny said Phares' game is "nice, couldn't be any better."

FUN FACT: Penny described himself as a "shoe fanatic who has got to have every Jordan that comes out."


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