Players Postgame Press Conference - Bears vs. Liberty
With 96 college games under his belt, the tough low-post senior will provide a steady leader in the MSU lineup this winter. His off-season conditioning was exemplary, winning the club's summer Strong Man competition and serving as a leader by example to the Bears' newcomers.
2013-14 Played in all 33 games, starting 9 ... Led the club in field goal percentage (.564), on 79-of-140 shots, which would have ranked third in the league ... was sixth on the club in scoring (6.0) and fourth in rebounding (3.2) ... The Bears were 9-0 when Kirk scored 8 or more points ... Notched 4 points and 5 boards in CIT first-round game against Murray State (3/19/14) ... Blocked 3 shots and had a dunk in MVC Tourney win over Illinois State (3/7/14) ... Had just his third double-figure scoring effort of the MVC season with a game-high 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting in win over Loyola (2/25/14) with 3 dunks ... Went 4-for-4 at the line in win over Indiana State (2/22/14) to help him earn Coors Player of the Week honors ... Started 6 straight games (2/1/14 to 2/18/14) ... Contributed 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting in win over Drake (2/12/14) ... Posted 2 dunks, drew 2 charges and finished with 8 points on 4-of-5 shooting in win at Evansville (2/5/14) ... Had 6 points and 3 rebounds in a 19-minute reserve appearance against SIU (1/25/14) ... Had his first double-figure scoring effort in 6 games with an 11-point outburst in win over Evansville (1/21/14) with a 5-for-7 shooting effort ... Started vs. No. 6 Wichita State (1/11/14) and snagged 5 rebounds before fouling out for the second game in a row ... Had a bounce-back effort in win over Illinois State (1/2/14) at JQH with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field ... Blocked a pair of shots and threw down a dunk in win over SEMO (12/29/13) ... Was 5-of-6 from the line with 4 rebounds in win over Alabama A&M (12/21/13) ... Made both free throw attempts in a 16-minute effort at Louisville (12/17/13) ... Contributed 29 minutes off the bench with 12 points and team-high 6 rebounds in road win at Oral Roberts (12/13/13) ... Posted 9 points and team-high 6 rebounds off the bench with a dunk in win over Texas A&M (11/29/13) Scored 10 points and snagged 7 rebounds with 3 blocks in win over Liberty (11/26/13) ... Shattered career high with 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting and 3 steals in win over Hampton (11/24/13) while drawing his 15th career charge ... Registered 7 points off the bench against Grambling (11/20/13) ... In just 9 minutes, he registered 7 points and 5 rebounds in home opener against Tulsa (11/16/13).
2012-13 As a sophomore, he finished 10th in the MVC in field goal percentage (.521) ... In MVC games only, he finished 6th in the conference in FG% (.523) ... Started the last 6 games of the season and averaged 10.6 ppg over the last 8 games ... Started 25 of 33 games overall and was third on the club in scoring (8.7) and rebounding (4.2) ... Registered 36 minutes and shared team-high 5 rebounds with 4 points against Wichita State in MVC Tournament quarterfinals (3/8/13) ... Played career-high 38 minutes with 10 points and team-high 8 boards in MVC Tourney win over SIU (3/7/13) ... Was 7-for-9 from the field with 6 boards in win over Bradley (3/2/13) ... Was 4-for-6 from the field for 8 points at Illinois State (2/27/13) ... Had 9 points and team-high 6 rebounds in 35-minute BracketBusters stint at Eastern Michigan (2/23/13) ... Tallied 12 points and 6 rebounds vs. UNI (2/19/13) in return to starting lineup ... Had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5-of-6 at the line at SIU (2/16/13) ... Posted 14 points in home win over Indiana State (2/12/13) on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and 2 offensive boards ... Notched 8 points at UNI (2/5/13) off the bench ... Tallied 12 points in home win over Evansville (2/2/13) to go with 5 rebounds and 2 assists ... Notched first double-figure scoring game in league play at No. 17/21 Creighton (1/30/13) on 5-of-7 shooting ... Notched 9 points at Indiana State (1/16/13) with 2 assists ... Was 4-for-9 from the field and had 9 points in win over Illinois State (1/8/13) ... Was 4-for-5 at the line vs. Southern Illinois (12/30/12) ... Was 3-for-6 from the field and 2-for-2 at the line with 4 boards at New Mexico State (12/22/12) and surpassed his freshman-season scoring total (114) ... Shared team-high assist honors (2) for first time in his career at Alabama A&M (12/18/12) ... Attempted career-high 16 FGA vs. Valparaiso (12/15/12) with team-high 5 rebounds ... Earned MSU Coors Player of the Week for efforts at Tulsa and Oklahoma State, averaging 7.5 points and 7.0 rebounds for the week ... Shared team-high scoring honors with 8 points and snagged team-high 7 boards against No. 22/23 Oklahoma State (12/8/12) ... Was 3-for-6 from the field with 7 boards at Tulsa (12/5/12) ... Had 10 points and was 5-for-11 from the field with 8 boards (4 offensive) at JQH against Oral Roberts (12/1/12) ... Had 8 points on 4-for-5 shooting effort against SMU (11/25/12) in Puerto Vallarta ... Had three straight double-figure scoring games from 11/19 to 11/25 ... Dropped career-high 16 points on SEC foe South Carolina (11/24/12) in Puerto Vallarta with 7 FG and 32 minutes ... Was 7-for-10 from the field and shared team-high scoring honors with 15 points off the bench against Malone (11/21/12) ... Notched 10 points against Jacksonville (11/19/12) on 5-of-7 shooting ... Had what was then a career-high 14 points in season opener against Philander Smith (11/9/12) on 6-of-10 shooting with 3 assists and 2 steals ... Scored 13.3 points and snagged 7.5 boards per game on team's August 2012 tour of Costa Rica, shooting 22-of-33 (.667) from the field ... Named to MSU Athletic Director's Honor Roll for fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters.
2011-12 Finished his freshman season one rebound shy of 100 and was sixth on the team in rebounding (3.2), despite averaging just 14.2 minutes per game ... Second on the team in field goal percentage (.500) and dunks (6) ... Started 14 games as a true freshman, which tied for fifth on the club ... Was 2-for-2 from the field with a dunk in his MVC Tournament debut vs. Evansville (3/2/12) ... Started 13-of-18 MVC games ... Played 23 minutes at Evansville (2/25/12) in season finale with first career blocked shot ... Had a pair of dunks and two rebounds against Old Dominion (2/18/12) on ESPNU ... Logged 10 minutes with three FGA at No. 24 Wichita State (2/15/12) ... Put in 13 minutes in home win over Bradley (2/12/12) with 3 rebounds ... Returned to starting lineup in win at SIU (2/8/12) with 4 boards and 4 points on 2-for-2 shooting effort ... Had streak of 9 straight starts snapped at Drake (2/4/12), but posted 9 points and 6 boards in a 26-minute stint off the bench in the road win ... Had 4 points in 6 minutes in start against Wichita State (2/1/12) ... Had 4 points and 4 boards in home win over UNI (1/28/12) ... Came just short of a double-double at Illinois State (1/25/12) with 11 points and 9 boards in a starting role ... Started sixth straight game in win at Bradley (1/21/12) and drew pivotal charge in the final minute ... Posted 5 boards and 6 points in one-point loss to No. 18 Creighton (1/18/12) ... Led Bears with 9 rebounds and had 7 points in OT loss vs. Evansville (1/15/12) ... Posted game-high and career-high 10 rebounds with 27 minutes in second straight start in win over SIU (1/10/12) ... Made first career start in win at Indiana State (1/7/12) and finished 2-for-3 from the field for 4 points and 3 rebounds ... Scored 9 first-half points on a 4-for-6 shooting effort with a career-high 24 minutes in home loss to Illinois State (1/4/12) ... Snagged 3 rebounds in win at No. 19 Creighton (12/28/11) ... Had a dunk and a three-point play vs. St. Mary's (12/23/11) in Las Vegas Classic ... Saw 21 minutes and shared team-high scoring honors with 13 points and 5 rebounds on 5-of-10 shooting effort in home win over TAMU-CC (12/19/11) ... Scored 6 points on 3-for-4 shooting effort and snagged 4 boards in 13 minutes off the bench against Kennesaw State (12/17/11) ... Collected his first career dunk at The Pit at New Mexico (12/3/11) ... Had 5 points and a 3-for-4 performance at the line against Emporia State (11/19/11) ... Missed the Arkansas State game (11/15/11) after recovering from flu-like symptoms ... Averaged 8.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in three preseason exhibition outings.
High School Was ranked as Missouri's No. 3 senior by ESPN.com and as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and ESPN.com ... ESPN also tabbed him as the No. 40 forward in the class of 2011 ... Noted for his 40-inch vertical ... Was not eligible for varsity competition as a senior in 2010-11 for Coach Dick Rippee at Kickapoo High in Springfield due to an eligibility dispute after transferring from St. Charles (Mo.) West High ... Played just one JV game, on senior night, and had five dunks, 18 points and 9 rebounds in limited minutes ... Played his junior and sophomore seasons at St. Charles West High ... In 2009-10, he scored 17.9 points per game at SCW with 8.8 rebounds, 114 assists, 49 blocks and 31 steals for Coach Terry Hollander, while leading the Warriors to a 15-11 season and conference title ... Also made 59 percent of his field goals as a junior while earning all-conference, conference MVP and academic all-conference distinction ... Averaged 14.9 points and 5.9 rebounds as a sophomore as part of a 26-4 squad that won the Class 5 district and advanced to the state quarterfinals ... Shot at a 61-percent clip in 2007-08 with 24 blocks, 23 steals and 53 assists ... Also earned first-team all-district, all-conference and academic all-conference honors ... Also was a standout high jumper at SCW... Played his freshman season at Kickapoo for Coach Roy Green where he lettered and earned academic all-conference honors ... Played AAU ball for KC Pump and Run and Coach L.J. Goolsby.
Personal Christian Clay Kirk was born 9/7/92 in Atlanta, Ga. ... Son of Joe and Karen Kirk of Springfield, Mo. ... Has a sister, Hannah, and brother Kyle, who both played at Missouri State ... Hannah played 92 games for the Lady Bears from 2002-06, starting 32, and racked up 270 points and 276 rebounds ... Majoring in Computer Science (2.95 GPA) ... Chose Missouri State over Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Saint Louis and Southern Illinois.