Tall Blacks star Penney on move in Turkey

MARC HINTON
Last updated 09:14 07/08/2013
Kirk Penney
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ON THE MOVE: Kirk Penney is on the move in Turkey, signing with Trabzonspor after being the TBL's third-leading scorer while with TED Ankara Kolejliler.

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New Zealand's most accomplished international basketballer is on the move - though Kirk Penney will not be shifting out of the Turkish league he lit up last season.

The 1.92m shooting guard, sitting out the Tall Blacks' commitments in 2013, has signed a one-year deal with the Trabzonspor club.

Penney is fresh off a spectacular debut season in the Turkish league where he averaged 18.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.2apg for TED Ankara Kolejliler.

Trabzonspor, based in the Turkish city of Trabzon, have been promoted to the first division after winning the second-tier league in 2012-13.

Penney, who will play for the Tall Blacks at next year's World Cup in Spain, continues to prove his worth in Europe where he consistently finishes among the leading scorers in the continent's best leagues.

Last year he was third highest scorer overall in the Turkish league and the year before that he was a top-five marksman in the esteemed Spanish ACB.

Penney has long pledged an interest in returning to the New Zealand Breakers to round out his international hoops career, though for now that's on hold while the 32-year-old continues to draw such warm interest in Europe.

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