Former Los Alamos High School star Alex Kirk made the cut for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced.
Kirk, the 7-foot former Hilltopper and University of New Mexico standout, is on the 15-man roster for the Cavaliers as they get ready to start the 2014-15 season.
With the announcement, Kirk becomes the first native Los Alamos athlete to make the roster of a major North American sports franchise since former pro football player Walt Arnold did so in the mid-1980s.
What role Kirk will play for the Cavaliers this season isn’t yet known. The website Cleveland.com reported that Kirk would likely appear in some games this season for the Cavaliers’ Development League team, the Canton (Ohio) Charge.
For now, however, Kirk is one of three centers listed on the roster. He will likely be in the No. 3 spot in terms of playing time, at least for the beginning of the season, behind Anderson Varejao — whom the Cavs announced as the starter for their opener — and Brendan Haywood.
At 22 years of age, Kirk is by far the youngest of the three — Varaejo is 31 years old and Haywood is 34 and coming off a full season missed with a stress fracture. Should Kirk play well, particularly early in the year, he could see his minutes bumped up.