Kirk Coming Into His Own

Big men are always in demand and at 6-10 Alex Kirk qualifies as big and talented.'s No. 10 center is quietly gathering steam and information.

Los Alamos (N.M.) High is home to's No. 10 center in the Class of 2010. Alex Kirk, a 6-foot-10 big fella who averaged a big double-double as a junior, is beginning to receive national recruiting attention.

The New Mexico Lobos have been his longest and most consistent pursuer. "They were there from the start from the beginning of my sophomore year. I've gotten to know them and now I have to go through and see what everyone has to offer."

Kirk plays for his father and dad handles most of the recruiting calls. These days, they are plentiful. "The same ones that have been there the whole time," Kirk said of his interest. "The new ones have been Vanderbilt which offered and Kansas, Indiana, Minnesota has picked up a lot, Oklahoma State. I've been talking to UCLA quite a bit recently. Gonzaga's been talking a lot too."

Listening to all the pitches, Kirk said it can be tough for the coaches to come up with something new and original. "Everyone comes with ‘we need to get to know you and make sure you fit and we fit too.' There's not really anything unique. I have to take my time and choose where I think I fit best."

Kirk, who will attend the NBA Top 100 Camp in June, has visited Texas Tech, New Mexico, Arizona State, Colorado State and Oklahoma State. This summer he'll run with the Houston Hoops organization.

"I'd like to take a little more leadership and show a little more confidence. I want to show that I'm as good as anyone and I can play with anyone."

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