Alex Kirk of Los Alamos is named Most Valuable Player for his team Pistoia Basket 2000 of the Italian Serie A in Italy. Photo/ScreenShot
MVP Alex Kirk. Photo/ScreenShot
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Basketball player Alex Kirk of Los Alamos has been named the Most Valuable Player on his team Pistoia Basket 2000 of the Italian Serie A in Italy.
Kirk was born in Los Alamos and played basketball at Los Alamos High School. He played college basketball at the University of New Mexico, averaging 4.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in the 2010–11 season. In the offseason, Kirk underwent back surgery for a herniated disc and subsequently redshirted the 2011–12 season. Kirk bounced back as a redshirt sophomore, averaging 12.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots per game. At the conclusion of the season, Kirk was named second team All-Mountain West Conference and a member of the league’s All-Defensive team.
In the summer of 2013, Kirk was named to the United States’ team for the 2013 Summer Universiade. He averaged 3.7 points and 4.6 rebounds as the team finished in ninth place. In 2013–14, Kirk increased his numbers to 13.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. He was named third team All-MWC and repeated as a member of the All-Defensive team. In April 2014, Kirk declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final year of college eligibility.
After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, Kirk joined the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2014 NBA Summer League. Aug. 11, 2014, he signed with the Cavaliers. During his rookie season with the Cavaliers, he had multiple assignments with the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League. Jan. 5, 2015, Kirk was traded to the New York Knicks in a three-team trade that also involved the Oklahoma City Thunder. Two days later, he was waived by the Knicks.
Jan. 10, 2015, Kirk was acquired by the Canton Charge. In 46 games for the Charge in 2014–15, he averaged 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocks per game. Aug. 15, Kirk signed with Pistoia Basket 2000 of the Italian Serie A for the 2015–16 season.
MVP Alex Kirk, center. Photo/ScreenShot