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7-footer Kirk of New Mexico declares for NBA Draft

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Center Alex Kirk of New Mexico will pass up his senior season and declare for the NBA Draft, according to several media reports.

The 7-foot Kirk averaged 13.3 points and 8.7 rebounds last season for the Lobos (27-7), and had 32 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots in an 81-65 loss to Massachusetts in the Charleston Classic championship game in November.

"We are fully supportive of Alex and his decision, and will do everything we can to help him," coach Craig Neal said. "I recruited Alex since he was a sophomore in high school, and I have been able to work with him and watch his development. I think it says a lot about our program and how we develop players that we can have guys declare and be draft-ready as juniors, like Tony Snell and Darington Hobson. Alex has done a great job academically having completed his degree and he is moving on to the next phase in his career."

Kirk, who struggled late in the season and scored in single figures in each of his last three games, is not included in many mock drafts, but is a legitimate 7-footer who can move outside and hit from the perimeter.
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