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Draft pick will play in Italy

By Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 3, 2000


Former Ohio State point guard Scoonie Penn has decided to play in Italy next season rather than try to make the Atlanta Hawks roster.

Penn, the next-to-last player taken in the NBA draft in June, said he signed a one-year contract to play in Trieste. Atlanta took Penn with the 57th pick.

Penn said he still believes he can play in the NBA. "I know I'm good enough. That's not a concern for me. I'll play there eventually."

The Hawks re-signed free-agent point guard Anthony Johnson last week after trading him to Orlando in February. Johnson and Jason Terry are expected to compete for the starting job.

RAPTORS: Vince Carter's mother disputes Michael Jordan's comments that Kobe Bryant is more sound and a better all-around player than her 23-year-old son.

Michelle Carter-Robinson said perhaps Jordan thinks his legacy may be challenged by another North Carolina star who left school after his junior year: "Look, there have been a lot of "nexts' out there. Stackhouse. Penny. Grant Hill. ... Possibly, Vince has threatened the idea of having a real "next' more than anyone else."

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