New Mexico Big Alex Kirk Shines in Sabes

Alex Kirk, a 6-foot-11 big man from Los Alamos (NM) High, shined this past weekend at the Sabes Invitational for the Houston Hoops. Kirk, who is one of the West's top big man and is ranked as the #10 center in the country by Scout. Kirk is attracting interest from many of the top programs in the country, including Minnesota. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Kirk and his father to learn the latest.

Alex Kirk had an outstanding junior season as he averaged 28.0 points, 14.6 rebounds and 6.7 blocked shots per game, leading the Class 4A in all three categories. He had 39 points and 14 rebounds in the quarterfinal loss to Artesia in the state playoffs.

Kirk shined this weekend at the Sabes Invitational, scoring 20 points in the semifinals and championship game. Kirk did not get a chance to check out much of the area, since the Houston Hoops made it to the Sabes final, but his father Alan said that Alex is familiar with the Gophers who have shown interest in his son.

"He's aware of Minnesota because of Coach Smith's reputation and since he has relatives up there," Alan said. "Jerry Fogarty, the assistant coach at St. John's, is my wife's uncle. He was there at the games. There was a corner in gym this weekend where I was sitting was among all the relatives. Some live in Shakopee and some live in Rochester and some in Minneapolis. He had a pretty good showing of relatives. I got to met people that I had never meet before from different sides of the family. My wife's father side and mother side were both there. Both of her parents were from Minnesota.

Kirk has scholarship offers from 12-14 schools such as USC, California, Oregon State, Arizona State, Utah State, Colorado, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Texas Tech, Tulane, South Alabama and Vanderbilt and recruiting interest from Oregon, Indiana, Kansas, Washington, Stanford and Minnesota.

"Stanford has shown a lot of interest and he is hearing from 40 schools," Alan said.

Kirk will play in NBA Top 100 camp in Virginia next month, the Pangos all-American Camp and is hoping to play at the Amare Stoudemire camp, according to Alan.

"His dream is to play in the Amare Camp, where he can learn and work on his low post moves," Alan said.

Kirk has become a must-have recruit for homestate New Mexico. Head coach Steve Alford, assistant Craig Neal and the school's president all recently attended one of Kirk's games.

Kirk comes from a basketball family. His father, Alan, played at Los Alamos High and Eastern New Mexico University. He has coached at Los Alamos for twelve years. Kirk is a city municipal judge and was a police chief for ten years.

Kirk played last year for the Southwest Titans, which became the Danny Granger Hurrianes. He is playing for the Houston Hoops AAU program this fall. They have gotten off to a strong start this spring.

They lost to the St. Louis Eagles 76-75 in the Sabes Invitational title game. They had a 15-point lead in the second half, before falling to a Eagles' valiant comeback.

They defeated the Mac Irvin Fire,Wisconsin Playground and Howard Pulley Panthers in pool play, and lost in the quarter finals to Team Final at the Boo Williams Invitational April 10-12.

The Houston Hoops won the Platinum division of the H-Town Classic and they won their pool at the 2009 Next Level Baller tournament in Dallas by defeating the KC Players and the Kings, and continued with bracket wins against Spiece San Antonio, Houston Swoosh Select and Team STAT before losing to Spiece Mo-Kan in the Final Four.

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