Kenny Battle

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Kenny Battle
No. 3, 5, 8, 33
Small forward
Personal information
Born (1964-10-10) October 10, 1964 (age 50)
Aurora, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school West Aurora (Aurora, Illinois)
College Northern Illinois (1984–1986)
Illinois (1987–1989)
NBA draft 1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 27th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Pro career 1989–2000
Career history
19891991 Phoenix Suns
1991 Denver Nuggets
1991–1992 La Crosse Catbirds (CBA)
1992 Boston Celtics
1992 Golden State Warriors
1992 La Crosse Catbirds (CBA)
1992 Boston Celtics
1992–1994 La Crosse Catbirds (CBA)
1994–1995 Quad City Thunder (CBA)
1995 Olimpia de Venado Tuerto (Argentina)
2000 Fargo-Moorhead Beez (IBA)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Kenneth R. "Kenny" Battle (born October 10, 1964) is an American retired professional basketball player.

High school career[edit]

In 1984, Battle led Aurora West High School to third place in the Illinois High School Association Class AA state basketball tournament. Battle led the tournament with 86 points in four games for third-place finisher Aurora West.[1]

In 2007, the Illinois High School Association named Battle one of the 100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament.[2]

College career[edit]

Battle played collegiately at Northern Illinois University from 1984-1986 before transferring to the University of Illinois. He was known as "King of the 360s" while playing at Northern Illinois. He was the captain of the 1989 Illinois team nicknamed the Flyin' Illini. The team reached the Final Four before being topped by Michigan. Battle was a fan favorite due to his hustle and spectacular slam dunks.[citation needed] The Illini awards the Kenny Battle Inspirational Award to the player who shows the most hustle during the season.

  • First Northern Illinois player to amass 1000 career points.
  • Earned honorable mention All-American in 1988 and 1989.
  • Earned Third-Team All-Big Ten honors in 1988 and second team recognition in 1989.
  • Still holds the program's single-season steal record, with 89 in 1989.
  • In 2000, Battle was named to the Northern Illinois University All-Century Team.
  • In 2004, Battle was named to the University of Illinois Basketball All-Century Team.[3]

College stats[edit]

Season Games Points PPG Rebounds RPG Steals Big Ten
Record
Overall
Record
Postseason
1984–85 27 544 20.1 167 6.2 60 7–11 11–16
1985–86 27 528 19.6 175 6.5 67 10–8 15–12
1987–88 33 516 15.6 183 5.5 72 12–6 23–10 NCAA Second Round
1988–89 36 596 16.6 174 4.8 89* 14–4 31–5 NCAA Final Four
Totals 123 2,184 17.7 699 5.7 288 42–30 78–43 4 appearances

Fighting Illini Record*

Professional career[edit]

Battle was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the 1st round (27th overall) of the 1989 NBA Draft and then traded on draft day to the Phoenix Suns along with Micheal Williams in exchange for the Suns' first round draft choice (24th overall pick), Anthony Cook. Battle played in 4 NBA seasons for the Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets, Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors. His best year as a pro came during the 1991-92 NBA season when he split time with the Suns and Nuggets, appearing in 56 games and averaging 6.1 ppg. Prior to that, he competed in the 1990 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, where he finished in last place (8th).[4] Battle briefly joined the Fargo-Moorhead Beez of the International Basketball Association in 2000.[5]

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