|No. 24 – Canterbury Rams|
27 April 1984 |
Wellington, New Zealand
|Listed height||6 ft 1 1⁄3 in (1.86 m)|
|Listed weight||194 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Middleton Grange School|
|Pro playing career||2003–present|
|2009||Hawke's Bay Hawks|
Jeremy Brian Kench (born April 27, 1984) is a New Zealand professional basketball player.
Kench attended former powerhouse Christchurch basketball school, Middleton Grange, and represented New Zealand Under 18, New Zealand Under 19 and the Junior Tall Blacks. He made his NBL debut in the 2003 NBL season averaging 3.4 points a game from 14 appearances. In the 2004 NBL season, Kench gained more maturity with experience, eventually replacing Ben Jeffrey as the Rams' starting point guard, starting in 15 out of 18 games. His average was slightly up from his debut season, averaging 4.2 points a game, and just under 3 assists a game.
In 2005, the Rams brought in American point guard, Michael Gardener who became the team's starting point guard, which severely cut into Kench's playing time. Kench did not start any matches in 2005 and only averaged 2.2 points from ten minutes a game.
For the 2006 NBL season, the Rams brought in new American coach Chris Sparks and a shooting guard Dennis Trammell from the United States. This meant that Kench was able to assume his starting position at point guard. On 28 April 2006, Kench scored a career high of 30 points, while dishing out 5 assists, in a loss to the Auckland Stars at Cowles Stadium, in Christchurch. Two games later Kench followed this performance up with an equally inspiring 26 point game in a win against the Taranaki Mountainairs. Kench's strong play continued on in the second half of the season where on 9 June 2006, he had another outstanding game posting 27 points in a victory over the Otago Nuggets in Dunedin. In the final game of the regular season on 24 June 2006, Kench broke his career high, scoring 36 points against the Wellington Saints. He finished the 2006 NBL season with an average of 18 points a game.
On 15 July 2006, Kench signed a contract to play for the Singapore Slingers in their debut season in the Australian NBL. After the Australian NBL season, he returned to the Rams for the 2007 NBL season. Kench appeared to be much more of a marked man in the 2007 season. His overall numbers were down on his breakout 2006 year. Half-way through the 2007 NZNBL season, Kench signed to play for the Wollongong Hawks of the Australian NBL for the 2007–08 season.
Kench was selected in the 2008 New Zealand Tall Blacks squad. He made the final team to play Australia.
In 2010, he joined the Christchurch Cougars. At the end of the season he was selected for the Tall Blacks trials for the 2010 FIBA World Championships and subsequently made the twelve-man squad.
As a consequence of the Canterbury Earthquake in February 2011, the Cougars disbanded and Kench was forced to find another team to play for in the 2011 NBL season, subsequently joining the Manawatu Jets. His season was abruptly cut short after an ankle injury against the Southland Sharks early on in the season, which needed surgery. This subsequently kept him out of the 2011 Tall Blacks Olympic qualifying squad.
In 2012, after moving to Wellington to attend Police College, he joined the Wellington Saints for the 2012 NBL season.
Career to Date
|Season||Team||Games played||Points per game|
|2009||Hawke's Bay Hawks||16||9.1|
In 2012, Kench attended the Royal New Zealand Police College. In 2013, after graduating, he worked as a constable for the Christchurch Police Department.
- Profile at Eurobasket.com