Former Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball standout and current University of New Mexico Lobo star Alex Kirk is still alive in his quest to represent the United States at the World University Games.
Kirk, the 7-foot center for the Lobos, who has had solid success with the Lobos through two years of play there, is among the final 16 players vying for a roster spot on the USA men’s team to compete in the World University Games.
The final cut, which will trim the roster down to 12 players, is scheduled to be announced Friday, prior to the team’s departure for Kazan, Russia, where the World University Games will be played.
The finalists were announced today by USA Basketball on its website.
Kirk had a big hand in helping the Lobos to a Mountain West regular season and conference title during the 2012-13 season. Kirk, returning from back surgery which made him miss the entire 2011-12 season, finished this past season with a 12.1 points per game average, third best for UNM, and led the team with 8.1 rebounds per contest.
For his efforts, Kirk was named to the second team All-Mountain West for his redshirt sophomore season.
The World University team is currently training at the Olympic training center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Workouts there will continue through Sunday.