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VI’s Kleon Penn joins Minnesota Timberwolves training camp

-said Timberwolves team management spotted him at recent CBC Championships & invited him to training camp
Kleon Penn, the Virgin Islands national basketball player who also plays centre for the Bayamon Cowboys of Puerto Rico, is grabbing the chance to take his career to the next level by attending a training camp with NBA team Minnesota Timberwolves. Photo: Jose Cruz Candelaria
Kleon Penn said he was on national team duty for the CBC Championships earlier this year at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town, Tortola, when he was approached by the assistant manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves and invited to training camp. Photo: VINO/File.
Kleon Penn said he was on national team duty for the CBC Championships earlier this year at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town, Tortola, when he was approached by the assistant manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves and invited to training camp. Photo: VINO/File.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Kleon Penn, the Virgin Islands national basketball player who also plays centre for the Bayamon Cowboys of Puerto Rico, is grabbing the chance to take his career to the next level by attending a training camp with NBA team Minnesota Timberwolves.

"The assistant manager saw me and invited me to practice. Simple as it was," Penn, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year in the National Superior Basketball (BSN), stated. 

Penn said he was on national team duty for the CBC Championships earlier this year at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town, Tortola, when he was approached by the assistant manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Penn has previously said he always wanted to have the opportunity to play in the NBA and would utilise the opportunity if called.

"For now I'm just in training camp. I'm just happy to have the opportunity," he said.

Penn’s involvement with the Minnesota Timberwolves training camp was also announced by his agent Jose Paris, who noted that the Bayamon Cowboys player was invited to the 'tryouts' by the new leader of the Timberwolves, Sam Mitchell, who will occupy the space of Flip Saunders for a health condition. Saunders is battling with cancer and left his position in the organisation.

In the roster, Minnesota has three pivots: Nikola Pekovic, Gorgui Deng and the first selected in the past amateur draft in the NBA, the Dominican Karl Towns.

Penn has played six seasons in the BSN. He won the defensive player of the year in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

Standing 7’0, the 29-year-old Penn is a centre with strong defensive qualities. In the last tournament of BSN he finished second in blocks with 88 for an average of 2.2 per game and also accumulated averages of 4.8 points and 6.1 rebounds with the Cowboys.

12 Responses to “VI’s Kleon Penn joins Minnesota Timberwolves training camp”

  • good luck (16/09/2015, 09:32) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    ALL THE BEST!
  • laughter (16/09/2015, 09:51) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    good luck cous may god keep u
  • ABC (16/09/2015, 10:29) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    this is good stuff only VINO can report
    • devon (16/09/2015, 23:17) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Oh Yea looking on the bright side, this could turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to Kleon!
  • Wonderful (16/09/2015, 11:30) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good going Mr. Penn this opportunity I am sure would restore hope in our children.

    Thanks
  • ccc (16/09/2015, 11:55) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Finally the bvi will get an NBA star
    • Jacqui (16/09/2015, 13:37) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      We certainly do hope he does well and makes an NBA team. Congrats Kleon. Do your best as always.

  • long look me come from (16/09/2015, 14:36) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Keep reaching for the stars brother
  • support your own (16/09/2015, 17:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    i like to see that the BVI is getting the opportunity to show the world that we have talent. good luck cos i know you can do it.
  • Me (16/09/2015, 18:07) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    To me this also highlights that local can do anything they want
  • rattie (16/09/2015, 23:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank you, Mr. Penn for putting the BVI on the map. This is the tip of the iceberg.
  • JACK BE STILL (17/09/2015, 01:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    our home town boy going places yall


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