This time last year, 6-foot-7 sophomore power forward Christian Kirk was a little used reserve at Springfield Kickapoo. Now at St. Charles West, Kirk is enjoying both team and individual success after his move across the state of Missouri.
Averaging a team high 15.8 points and 6.3 rebounds a game during SCW's 18-2 start, Kirk has been a reliable option on the interior. Quick off the floor with long arms and lean strength, the sophomore knows the strongest part of the game
"Probably attacking the rim," said Kirk when asked what he does best. "I'm also a good passer, I think I can tell where my teammates are on the court for some reason."
Solid and consistent, Kirk has added a nice little jump hook and is learning to score over each his left and right shoulder. However, it's his powerful dunks off of lobs, tips and post moves that have ignited crowds at home and away. According to Kirk, he picked up the habit from his older brother Alex.
"I always watched my brother play and every time he dunked he tried to break the backboard," Kirk told InsideMizzou.com. "I used to think it was pretty sweet when he tried to do that so that's really how I learned."
Not surprisingly, Kirk has begun to hear from his fair share of programs. He's even drawn a few early offers
Speaking of Missouri, assistant coach Matt Zimmerman was in the house Monday night watching Kirk rack up 18 points and six rebounds in a win over Riverview Gardens. From the sounds of it, Zimmerman is a constant reminder to Kirk of the Tigers interest and has been for a while.
"Ever since before I was a freshman playing summer ball, Coach Zimmerman has been at every game," said Kirk of Mizzou's interest. "They've stuck with me and it seems like everywhere I go they go. I know they are interested."
A visitor for Saturday's win over Baylor, Kirk likes the direction things are headed in Columbia.
"I like Coach Anderson, he's put the program where it needs to be," said Kirk. "I think they are still developing but they are already up at the top of their league."
For now, though, Kirk is taking his recruitment in stride and says he's nowhere near ready to make a decision. He's just focusing on finishing his sophomore season strong and then he'll look at things a little more closely.
"I'm just looking for some place that I can play and I feel like they want me," said Kirk of what he'll look for in a program. "I want to go somewhere that I'm not just going to be a practice player but where I can actually help the team."