HAS THE TOUCH ON COURT AND
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The best strokes from
"Kirk's a tremendous artist," said
Others have seen the amazing finished products.
"He's very gifted,"
"When Kirk was a kid," Bennett said, "he wrote an essay all about his dream to come here and play," basketball.
Penney has not only found his way to the
He is averaging 16.4 points a game and is a 38-percent 3-point shooter.
As a freshman in 2000, Penney played in the NCAA Final Four for the Badgers.
Later that summer, the 6-foot-5 guard competed for
Like many artists, Penney attempts to remain anonymous.
"Having played where I have, being able to play in different countries and experience all of that ... if I didn't come in with any more knowledge or any more experience, then something would be wrong," he told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel recently.
Penney was discovered in 1999, when Bennett was coaching Penney's club team
The elder Bennett dispatched Soderberg, who
embarked on a 12- hour flight from
"I think I was only on the ground (in
Penney committed to the Badgers before Soderberg's plane left the ground. With Penney being only 19 and perhaps not knowing the Big Ten from Big Ben, many wondered if he would take off in what is considered to be the most physical conference in the country.
He has succeeded because a personality Dick Bennett once called "rugby tough."
Soderberg said, "I think that's kind of a
product of being from
Tony Bennett added, "Kirk has really turned into a very complete player. I've known him since he was 15 and, in watching him develop, one of his strengths has been his knack to grasp things. It takes him just a little while to figure it out and then, bang, he's got it. He just has special abilities."