New Zealand - Former Wisconsin basketball star Kirk Penney is walking away from the game. Penney played for the Badgers from 1999-'03. He was inducted into the Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.
Penney had short stints with the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Clippers before heading back to his native New Zealand. The 37-year old scored 20 points per game in six seasons with the New Zealand Breakers. He also spent time in Spain, Turkey, and Israel.
Penney wrote a Thank You letter to the people who helped him during his basketball career, and he saw basketball as more than a game of personal achievements.
"What the game truly is, is a chance to grow as a person," Penney said during the press conference after his final game. "To learn who you are. To figure out taking defeats, rejections. To figure out how to gracefully take victories. And to also have that awesome camaraderie and friendships along the way."
Penney finished his Badger career scoring 11 points per game, averaging 16 points and 3 assists as senior. He's fourth on the all-time three-pointers list with 217.