Standout finals could open
NBA door for Penney
Kirk Penney believes a standout performance in
Penney is expected to be the star turn for
Penney told the Waikato Times he had received calls from a number of agents regarding his draft prospects but didn't have much of an idea if he would be eventually picked to follow fellow Kiwi Sean Marks into the world's best basketball league.
"The whole thing is pretty much out of my control," Penney said.
"You just don't know who exactly may be looking at you and what teams want in terms of certain players."
But Penney admitted that if he displays his best form when Big 10 Conference
"If you finish your season strong then it's fresh in the minds of the GMs (general managers) and scouts watching," Penney said.
"Doing well gives you the exposure at the right time of the year.
"It'd be good to match up against some of the other guys in the tournament who are chances to be taken in the draft too, just to show what you can do."
A 1.96-metre shooting guard, Penney is set to complete his senior year at
If selected, he would follow Marks -- taken by the New York Knicks as number 44 in the 1998 draft and immediately traded to the Toronto Raptors -- as the second Kiwi to be taken by an NBA side.
Marks now plays for the Miami Heat but an elbow injury has put him out for the rest of the season and he becomes a free agent at the end of it.