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Hoops West takes a look at Alex Kirk, one Colorado star on the rise and one on the move.

This week Hoops West takes a look at a Colorado Springs forward people need to know.  A great shooter on the move and New Mexico's top big man.


DeLovell Earls (6'5" SF Colorado Springs School, Colorado Springs, Colorado 2010) is heading into the summer with some tremendous momentum. He recently finished up a very strong spring with the Colorado Chaos following a huge junior season with his high school team. This spring, he helped the Colorado Chaos win numerous tournaments, including the Houston Kingwood Classic in April. This past season, Earls was named Colorado's 2A Mr. Basketball while leading his team to a 25-2 record and their first State Title in any sport. On the season, he averaged 25 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals per game. Earls is a very versatile mid-sized player who would make some mid major schools very happy.


Earls recently received scholarship offers from Denver and Air Force after visiting both schools. He also has received strong interest from Colorado State, Dartmouth, Harvard, Columbia, U.C. Riverside and Montana State. In addition to Earls prowess on the court, he is a very strong student in the classroom and academics will play a major role in his college decision. Earls and the Colorado Chaos will be playing in the Denton Great American Shootout (Denton, Texas - July 10-13), the Reebok Summer Championships (Las Vegas, Nevada - July 23-26) and the K.C. Preps/Price Chopper Invitational (Kansas City, Missouri - July 28-31) this summer.


The state of Arizona is picking up a very good high school basketball player as Broomfield, Colorado shooting guard Nick Tomsick makes a move to Scottsdale Chaparral High School.  Tomsick, whose father played baseball for the Atlanta Braves, currently reports eight to ten D1s showing some interest in him.  Already a three year varsity letter winner, Tomsick averaged 16 points a game as a sophomore and was All-League. Tomsick was All-State as a junior on the strength of 20 points a game. During the past two seasons his 4A Broomfield squad has compiled a 42-10 record.  Tomsick should help a solid Chaparral squad that went 22-8 last season making the final four of the Arizona 4A basketball tournament.


New Mexico's top recruit and Scout's #10 ranked big man Alex Kirk has had a busy summer playing for two club teams to strengthen his game as he preps for the rigors of college ball.  In mid June, the 6-11 230 pounder got message boards jumping when in a radio interview he stated he would like to stay close to home and play where his family could see him.  Someone who may have been excited about this as well was New Mexico Lobo coach Steve Alford. In what could be a related story, Alford just hired former Loyola-Marymount standout Wyking Jones as an assistant to work with the Lobos big men.  Jones is also very plugged in to west coast recruiting and should be a good addition for UNM.


Basketball analyst David Matthews contributed to this story.


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