Christian Kirk Gets Minnesota Interest

Christian Kirk, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound junior power forward from St. Charles (MO) West, made my Sabes Invitational All-Tournament team after a solid week leading K.C. Pump N Run to the semifinals. Kirk has received three scholarship offers and has gotten recruiting interest from Minnesota. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Kirk to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Christian Kirk had hoped to make a visit to the Minnesota campus, but K.C. Pump N Run's play lasted until late Sunday prevented him and teammate Corey Hilliard from making a stop at the school.

Kirk averaged 17.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.9 blocked shots per game as a junior as the Warriors finished 15-11. He averaged 14.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest as a sophomore as they finished 26-4 and finished one game short of the Missouri State Tournament. He transferred to St. Charles West from Springfield (MO) Kickpoo, where the Kirk name is well-known.

Kirk comes from a basketball family. His brother and sister both played at Missouri State (formerly known as Southwest Missouri State) and his parents played basketball in college. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Kirk to learn the latest on his recruitment.

How many offers are you up to right now?

"Three. I have Missouri State, Southern Illinois and St. Louis."

What other schools are you hearing from right now?

"Butler, Stanford, Arizona State, Alabama, Wichita State and Minnesota, so far"

What schools stopped by the other week when colleges could go out on the road?

"I had Missouri State. Stanford was going to come, but something came up for them and they could not make it. Wichita State was going to come, but they ended up not making it."

What things are you working on to improve as a player?

"Definitely, jump shot and maybe taking my game to the three-point line. Right now, I am kind of in a slump on offense. I am trying to get out of that. I am just trying to play as good of defense as I can"

What camps are you hoping to attend this summer?

"I'll probably go to Missouri State and Butler, I am going to try to get to. I'd like to get to Stanford, but I don't know if that is going to be possible, but I'd like to. I'd like to get to Kansas. They invite me every year, but I haven't been able to make it the past couple of years."

You come from a basketball family, right?

"My brother and my sister both played basketball at Missouri State. My dad and my mom both played basketball in college. My mom went to Georgia State and my dad went to Berry, as community college in Georgia."

If you would have ever told your mom and dad that you wanted to play football, they would have disowned you, right?

"Yea, my mom would not be to happy with that."

Do you play any other sports still?

"I high jump. It is going good. I've gotten 6-6 and almost 6-8. I am number one in the state since we are only 3A, so hopefully I'll take it home at state. Ythis is my first year."

How did your team do this past year?

"We did pretty good. We were 15-11. I actually ended playing point guard most of the year because, our guards starting playing better at the end of the year, but having a slow guy on me was better for me to bring up the ball. We did pretty good. I averaged about 18 (points) and nine (rebounds). I'd definitely like to improve on the record next year."

Do you return a lot of your guys next year?

We return, I think, two starters, but the three starters, they were kind of interchangable, so we should be pretty good."

What are you hearing from the Gophers?

"They came down for a practice this season. They just say that they like my game and they would like to get me on campus. I definitely want to learn more about them. Maybe in the summer some time or maybe next year, I'll take an official."

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