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With just about a month to go before the NBA draft, former Los Alamos Hilltopper center Alex Kirk is going to be making his rounds.
Kirk, a 2010 graduate of Los Alamos High School and one of the most recruited basketball players in school history, took off from Florida Sunday on his way to Chicago. Kirk, who has been training in Florida, will work out this week for the Chicago Bulls’ club.
Following his visit to Chicago, Kirk also has stops planned for Indiana and Philadelphia to work out for those clubs, too.
The NBA draft is set for June 26.
Kirk played his college ball for the University of New Mexico. In his four seasons there, he became among the school’s all-time career leaders in rebounds and blocked shots and, in the final game of the Mountain West Conference tournament in March, became a member of UNM’s 1,000-point club.
Following the conclusion of the 2013-14 season, Kirk decided to forego his last year of college eligibility and enter his name for the draft, procuring a sports agent shortly after making his decision.
Chicago is an interesting spot for Kirk to visit. Not only did the Bulls make the NBA playoff field this season, it was also the home for several seasons for another premier UNM big man, Luc Longley, who played with the team between the 1993-1998 seasons.
The Bulls were the marquee franchise in the NBA during the 1990s.
Chicago will have three picks in the draft this season, the No. 16 spot, which it got from Charlotte, the 19 spot and the 49th spot.