Penney established himself as the undisputed leader of the New Zealand national team last year with Pero Cameron unavailable.
A tireless worker, Penney is constantly improving his game, and has been selected to the Australian NBL’s All First Team the past two season, winning the scoring title on both occasions.
In the 2009 FIBA Oceania Championship Penney showed great maturity, repeatedly creating for teammates as Australia focussed their defence on the sharp shooting Auckland native.
In game two of the series, Penney finished with 24 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds in a masterful display.
Having represented his country at two Olympics and two FIBA World Championship, Penney was the fourth leading scorer at the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament with 20.7 points per game, and will long be remembered for his 24-point performance against Yugoslavia in the semi finals of the 2002 FIBA World Championship. Penney became the second Kiwi in the NBA when he appeared for the Miami Heat in 2003.
He has also had a brief stint with the Los Angeles Clippers, and has since played professionally in Spain, Israel, Lithuania, Germany and Australia.