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Kirk Penney
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New Zealand Breakers  – No. 6
Shooting Guard
Born November 23, 1980 (1980-11-23) (age 29)
North Shore, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
League NBL
College University of Wisconsin–Madison
Draft Not drafted
Pro career 2003–present
Former teams North Harbour Kings (1998-2000)
Miami Heat (2003-2004)
CB Gran Canaria (2004)
Asheville Altitude (2004-2005)
Los Angeles Clippers 2005
Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C. (2005-2006)
Zalgiris Kaunas (2006-2007)
ALBA Berlin (2007)

Kirk Samuel Penney (born November 23, 1980 in North Shore, Auckland) is a professional basketball player from New Zealand who is currently at shooting guard for the New Zealand Breakers in the Australasian NBL.

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University of Wisconsin (1999-2003)

After playing high school basketball at Westlake Boys High School in New Zealand, and playing three seasons in New Zealand's National Basketball League, he played college basketball in the United States at the University of Wisconsin–Madison from 1999 through 2003. Penney was named first-team All-Big Ten during his junior and senior seasons and an honorable mention All-American during his senior season, and also played in the 2000 Final Four. He formed a back-court duo with Devin Harris, now starring in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets.

Professional career overseas (2003-2007)

He was not drafted in the star-studded 2003 NBA Draft but reportedly received offers from the Minnesota Timberwolves to play in the summer league a mere twenty minutes after the draft was complete. He led the league in 3-point percentage of over 50% in his two stints as he was also there in 2004. Penney finally got a taste of NBA action when the Miami Heat signed him to a 10-day contract. Penney became the second New Zealander (after Sean Marks) to play in the league and made his first ever NBA shot, a three-pointer from left corner. However, his stint was short lived, being cut by the Heat shortly after. He then played in the D-League for the Asheville Altitude, where he was taken second in the player draft. He went on to be part of the winning 2004-2005 NBDL Championship team, but prior to that, he had a second stint, playing a minimal role for Los Angeles Clippers.

Penney later signed with European powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv upon becoming a free agent after the 2004-05 season. Penney was often underplayed, rather used primarily as a shooter off the bench. Penney however was apart of Maccabi's win over NBA team the Toronto Raptors in pre-season play for both teams (in October 2005). It marked a rare occasion that an NBA team had lost to a European-based team at home.

In the 2006-2007 season, Penney played in Zalgiris Kaunas, but on February 14, 2007 he went to German team ALBA Berlin[1].

Return home (2007-present)

He returned to New Zealand in June of the same year by signing with the New Zealand Breakers[2], his home town team (as Penney attended nearby high school Westlake Boys High).

Penney's addition to the previously unsuccessful Breakers proved to be the tonic for the Breakers success, with the team qualifying for their first ever finals series, before eventually finishing in sixth position overall. Individually, Penney was the league's third leading scorer, averaging 24.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals over 31 games, and was named to the NBL's First Team as reward for his efforts.

In the 2008-09 season, Penney lead the league in scoring and was first Kiwi player ever to be named in the All-ANBL First Team for two years in a row. He took home the Andrew Gaze MVP trophy for leading the Breakers to their best season ever, averaging 24.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists over 28 games, making Penney the first Kiwi to be honored with the award.[3] Included in Penney's feats were being award the NBL player of the month in October.[4]

International career

Penney debuted for the Tall Blacks at the age of just 18 (in 1999) and has now represented the Tall Blacks, his country's national team, at two Olympic Games (in 2000 and 2004) and two world championships (2002 and 2006).

Penney was part of the Tall Blacks' memorable 2002 World Championships campaign as they surprisingly finished fourth. Penney averaged 16.9 points per contest and hit 45.5% of his three-point shots.[5]

With the decline of Pero Cameron, Penney has become New Zealand's marquee player on the international scene, but despite averaging 20.7 points during the Tall Blacks campaign for a 2008 Olympics berth, the team fell short of achieving their place at Beijing. After an almost-perfect 2008-09 Australian NBL season, Kirk Penney was named the captain of New Zealand Tall Blacks for their European tour and the upcoming series against Australia.

Awards and achievements

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Club Level

Individual Achievement

  • 1998 New Zealand National Basketball League (NZNBL) Rookie of the Year
  • 1999 New Zealand NBL Outstanding Kiwi Guard
  • 2007-08 Australian National Basketball League All-Star Games
  • 2007-08 New Zealand Breakers Fans' (season ticket holders) Player Award
  • 2007-08 New Zealand Breakers Players' Player Award
  • 2007-08 New Zealand Breakers Most Valuable Player
  • 2007-08 All-ANBL First Team
  • 2008-09 Australian NBL All-Star Games
  • 2008-09 New Zealand Breakers Fans' (season ticket holders) Player Award
  • 2008-09 New Zealand Breakers Most Valuable Player
  • 2008-09 All-ANBL First Team
  • 2008-09 Australian NBL Most Valuable Player

Team Achievement

International Level

  • 2000 William Jones Cup champions
  • 2000 Olympic Games, 11th place
  • 2001 FIBA Oceania Championship, 1st place (gold)
  • 2001 Goodwill Games
  • 2002 FIBA World Championship, 4th place
  • 2004 Olympic Games
  • 2006 FIBA World Championship, 16th place
  • 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2nd place (silver)
  • 2007 Boris Stankovic Cup
  • 2007 Venezuela Tour of New Zealand
  • 2008 New Zealand Tour of Canada
  • 2008 New Zealand Tour of Slovenia
  • 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

References

  1. ^ Official Website of Alba Berlin
  2. ^ Official Website of the New Zealand Breakers
  3. ^ "Kirk Penney wins 2008-09 ANBL MVP in tight race". Interbasket.net. http://www.interbasket.net/news/1282/2009/03/11/kirk-penney-wins-2008-09-anbl-mvp-in-tight-race/.  
  4. ^ http://www.basketball.org.nz/news/penney-best-for-month/
  5. ^ http://www.basketball.org.nz/national-teams/tall-blacks/tall-blacks-player-profiles/kirk-penney/

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