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New Mexico center Alex Kirk to enter NBA draft

New Mexico center Alex Kirk was third on the team in scoring this  season. (Cal Sport Media via AP Images) New Mexico junior center Alex Kirk was third on the team in scoring this season. (Cal Sport Media via AP Images)

New Mexico center Alex Kirk will forego his final season of eligibility and declare for the NBA draft, the school announced Friday.

Kirk averaged 13.3 points and 8.7 rebounds this past season for the Lobos, who finished 27-7.

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He had 14 double-doubles this season, including a 32-point, 14-rebound, five-block effort against Massachusetts early in the season. He was a third-team All-Mountain West selection and was named to the conference's All-Defensive team. In the team's final contest, a 58-53 loss to Stanford in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament, Kirk only had three points and six rebounds in 26 minutes.
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