Star Turn: Levon Kendall, Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas

Apr 20, 2015 by Eurocupbasketball.com Print
Star Turn: Levon Kendall, Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas

Trained as an anthropologist and active in artistic, philanthropic and environmental activities off the court, forward Levon Kendall of Herbalife Gran Canaria Las Palmas displays great defensive skills and basketball IQ around the rims, too, as he seeks his first title since debuting in the Eurocup seven seasons ago. Kendall seems to be something of a lucky charm, too, bringing success to every team he has ever played for in his pro career. Born in Vancouver, Canada, he left home in pursuit of basketball happiness early. After four years at the Pittsburgh University in the USA, Kendall turned pro in 2007, making his Eurocup debut the same year with Panionios Athens of Greece. He helped the team to a third place finish in the Greek League that season to claim a place in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague for the first time in more than a decade. Kendall made a Euroleague debut the following season with Panionios, then in 2009 helped Maroussi - another team from the Greek capital - win the Euroleague qualifying rounds and reach Euroleague regular season. But a serious ankle injury cut his season short after only four games. After a long recovery, in 2010 he joined Blusens Monbus in the Spanish second division where he immediately made impact. His new team reached promotion to the Spanish elite, and Kendall stayed there for two more seasons, posting 12.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 2012-13. Kendall spent last season with ALBA Berlin, making a Eurocup return after five seasons away. He not only helped ALBA to a 16-4 record and place in the Eurocup quarterfinals, but was also a big factor in winning the German Cup title and making the German League finals last season.

This season is the best of Kendall's Eurocup career. He has been the go-to guy off the bench for Gran Canaria with 9.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1 steal per game. In the process of contributing to the team’s 21-1 record, the veteran big man set several Eurocup career-highs this season, including 7 assists in Round 5 against ASVEL and 15 rebounds against the same opponents in a regular season finale. He scored in double-digits in each of the Last 32 games, averaging 12.7 points during that phase, then played a big role in the return leg of the quarterfinals when his 12 points helped Gran Canaria hold off and oust Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir. Two weeks later, in Game 2 of the semifinals, Kendall came up with one of the best games of his Eurocup career, collecting career-high 17 points and grabbing 6 rebounds in 22 minutes in 78-76 win against Unics Kazan. Now fighting for Eurocup glory, Kendall’s magic on the offensive end and toughness on defense could provide some more memorable moments for both Kendall and Gran Canaria.