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Kirk learning the ins and outs of college hoops quickly

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Former LA standout starting for Lobos but could lose spot to Drew Gordon

By Mike Cote

ALBUQUERQUE — Even compared to the typically busy life of a college student, Alex Kirk stays hopping.
Kirk, the former Los Alamos High School boys basketball standout, made a big impression on the coaching staff of the University of New Mexico and found himself in the starting five for the Lobos to start the season as a true freshman.
But, just as the 6-foot-11 big man was getting wrapped up with UNM’s fall semester final exams — which apparently went very well, as he finished with semester with three A’s and two B’s —  he also became the subject of some speculation.
Heading into the winter break at UNM, which gives Kirk and the rest of the Lobos some respite from studies, also means the introduction to the team of Drew Gordon.
Gordon, a transfer from UCLA, officially joined the team Saturday. He is eligible for Sunday’s Lobo game against The Citadel following his mandatory one-year waiting period, demanded by the NCAA of all transferring athletes.
Lobo head coach Steve Alford said last week that Gordon won’t start right away, but Gordon, who averaged 11.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game with the Bruins, will almost certainly make his way into the starting five at some point, a move which could well mean that Kirk will be squeezed out.


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