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Kirk is OK following back surgery

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By Mike Cote

Former Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball standout Alex Kirk underwent back surgery Tuesday.

Kirk, who will be going into his sophomore year at the University of New Mexico, now plays for the Lobos.

The surgery was performed in Phoenix and the 6-foot-11 center was resting comfortably afterwards.

Lobo head coach Steve Alford said Tuesday Kirk had undergone “very successful back surgery to relieve a herniated disc….We fully expect that Alex will recover 100 percent.”

Alan Kirk, Alex Kirk’s father and his high school coach, is with his son in Phoenix and said the surgery went well, although it was unclear how much rehabilitation Alex would need before returning.

Kirk graduated from Los Alamos in 2010 and started 21 of his first 22 games for the Lobos last season, but played only sparingly in the final 13 games.