Penn commits to FAU basketball
Kelvin Penn didn't wait long to make his decision.
One day after returning to Virginia following this weekend's official visit to Boca Raton, the 6-foot-7 forward committed to play his college basketball at FAU.
“It seems like it's a growing program,” Penn said. “Coach (Mike) Jarvis seems like he has the program heading somewhere. It just seems like a good fit for me.”
Penn (shooting in the photo) will come to FAU after spending a year at Massanutten Military Academy in Virginia, where he averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds as a power forward. Prior to that he played mostly center for Steilacoom High School in Washington state, where he was the Nisqually League's Class 2A MVP as a junior and senior at in Washington.
He chose to play a year of prep school to improve his footwork.
“I've come a long way from the beginning of the season,” Penn said.
Penn is the third player to commit to FAU this year, joining Maine Central Institute guard Omari Grier and Miami Dade College center Julien Sargent.
Like Sargent, Penn can provide a physical presence for the Owls in the post – something they lacked last season.
“I like to knock people out sometimes if they get on my bad side,” said Penn, referring to the blindside picks he enjoys setting. “I'm pretty physical sometimes.”
A formidable rebounder who can also block shots, Penn was also being pursued by Ohio University and Alabama-Birmingham.
He expects to sign his National Letter of Intent in the coming days.
“It's great,” Penn said. “I'm excited about the whole thing.”