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Badgers trio go camping, NBA style

Three former Badgers will be competing for roster spots on NBA clubs after being added to training camp rosters in the past week.

Marcus Landry (2004-09) was invited to the Sacramento Kings' camp last week and is among 19 players competing for 15 roster spots. Landry began the 2009-10 season with the Knicks before being dealt to the Celtics and finishing the season with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League.

Greg Stiemsma (2003-08) also has signed on to compete for a roster spot on the Cleveland Cavaliers' training camp roster. Stiemsma spent the 2009-10 season playing for the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the NBDL.

After his outstanding performance at the 2010 FIBA World Championships over the summer, Kirk Penney (1999-2003) was added the San Antonio Spurs' camp roster on Tuesday.

From the Spurs' release:

The San Antonio Spurs today announced they have added Kirk Penney to the training camp roster. The addition brings the Spurs roster to 19 players.

Penney, a native of New Zealand, is coming off an impressive showing at the 2010 FIBA World Championships. In six games with the Tall Blacks, he averaged 24.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting .458 (44-96) from the field, .367 (18-49) from three-point range and .764 (42-55) from the foul line. His 24.7 ppg scoring average ranked second in the competition. Penney has represented the Tall Blacks in numerous international competitions, including the 2004 Olympics in Athens and 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

The 6-5, 220-pound guard has spent the last three seasons playing for the New Zealand Breakers in the National Basketball League.  He was named the NBL MVP in 2009 after leading the league in scoring (24.2 ppg) and was selected to the All-NBL First Team in 2008, 2009 and 2010.  

Penney had a brief stint in the NBA with the Miami Heat and the L.A. Clippers in 2004 appearing in six games. He has seen action with the Sioux Falls Skyforce (2010) and the Asheville Altitude (2004-05) in the NBA Development League. Penney has also played professionally in Spain, Lithuania, Israel and Germany.

Stiemsma, Penney and Landry join Devin Harris, who enters his third season with the New Jersey Nets and seventh season overall, as the former Badgers currently on NBA training camp rosters.

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