Kirk Penney Biography

Born on the North Shore on 23 November 1980, Westlake High School student Penney made an immediate impact in the NZ NBL, being named rookie of the year in 1998 when he helped North Harbour to the Grand Final.

During an outstanding college career with the University of Wisconsin in the USA, Penney helped the Badgers to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in his senior year and two Big 10 conference titles, and was twice named all-conference. He represented New Zealand at the Sydney Olympics and averaged 16.9 points at the World Championships at Indianapolis in 2002 when the Tall Blacks finished a memorable 4th.

He became the second Kiwi in the NBA when he appeared briefly for the Miami Heat in 2003, and has since played professionally in Spain, the NBA Development League, Israel, Lithuania, Germany and Turkey. Penney returned to the NBL with Illawarra Hawks last season, averaging 20 points and 3.1 assists per game.

During his first stint with the Breakers, Penney helped the club to a historic first ever post season appearance in 2007, was named the Andrew Gaze League MVP as the league scoring leader in 2009 and in 2011 was again named to the All NBL First Team as the Breakers won their first Championship title, with Penney averaging 20 points per game through the season.


Individual achievements

1998 New Zealand NBL Rookie of the Year

1999 New Zealand NBL Outstanding Kiwi Guard

2001–02 First Team All-Big Ten

2002–03 First Team All-Big Ten

2002–03 Honorable Mention All-American

2006–07 Baltic Basketball League All-Star

2007–08 All-NBL First Team

2008–09 All-NBL First Team

2008–09 Australian NBL MVP

2009–10 All-NBL First Team

2010–11 All-NBL First Team

2011 Stanković Cup MVP

2012–13 TBL All-Star

2012–13 TBL Three-Point Shootout champion

2013–14 TBL All-Star

2013–14 TBL Three-Point Shootout champion


Team achievements

2001–02 Big Ten Champions (Wisconsin)

2002–03 Big Ten Champions (Wisconsin)

2004–05 NBA Development League Champions (Asheville Altitude)

2005–06 Israeli Basketball Premier League Champions (Maccabi Tel Aviv)

2005–06 Israeli Basketball State Cup Champions (Maccabi Tel Aviv)

2006–07 Lithuanian Basketball League Cup Champions (Žalgiris Kaunas)

2010–11 Australian NBL Champions (New Zealand Breakers)


New Zealand national team

2000 William Jones Cup Champions

2000 Olympic Games, 11th place

2001 Goodwill Games

2002 FIBA World Championship, 4th place

2004 Olympic Games

2006 FIBA World Championship, 16th place

2007 Stanković Cup

2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament

2009 FIBA Oceania Championship, 1st place (Gold)

2010 FIBA World Championship, 12th place

2011 Stanković Cup, 1st place (Gold)