May 24, 2013
Gophers Recruiting: Another 2013 PF Graduate Student Hits the Market
There’s yet another player the Minnesota Golden Gophers could consider adding to help their front line in 2013-14. As has been expected, DePaul today formally announced that they had granted permission for Donnavan Kirk to look elsewhere and added that Kirk will graduate from DePaul this summer.
Since Kirk previously transferred from Miami (Fla.) to DePaul, he would not be eligible for the automatic graduate student exception. However, with a waiver (likely to be received in his case) he could be immediately eligible to play this fall. He would have one year of competition eligibility remaining.
Kirk averaged 6.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per game during the 2012-13 season.
In February the 6’9″, 223 pound forward scored 16 points in each of two consecutive road games at Marquette and at Notre Dame.
Kirk, ranked #89 in the 2009 RSCI, has had more than his share of injuries over the years but did play 791 minutes last season. In his first three years of college (played only 4 games as a true freshman and received a medical hardship waiver) Kirk logged just 565 minutes.
The Michigan native has considered Big Ten schools in the past. He’s been a fairly efficient offensive player in a limited role in the past, but can finish. Kirk would give Minnesota size at the power forward position and is a guy that can block and alter shots. His rebounding has always been an area in need of improvement, however Kirk did post a healthy 17% defensive rebounding percentage in 2011-12 (only 12% in 2012-13).
The Gophers have several other possibilities at this point, but Kirk is another player that might make sense to help bridge the gap to the 2014-15 season. It’s fair to say that Kirk has been an often injured guy that hasn’t lived up to his potential. It’s also fair to say that he’s an experienced and talented power forward who has played in both the ACC and the Big East.Sharing Options: