Colorado State carries on in refreshing their roster with talent.
While it’s no secret Larry Eustachy and the Rams have been busy replacing the bevy of talented players lost to graduations that took place last weekend, exactly who they want to fill the final two scholarships remained a mystery.
One name on CSU’s radar for weeks has been Donnavan Kirk, who was granted a release from his scholarship at DePaul University Saturday morning per a press release from the school.
According to sources within the organization as well as Matt Stephens of the Fort Collins Coloradoan, Kirk will officially make his visit to Colorado State’s campus on May 31.
Kirk is a 6’9”, 223-pound forward who could hypothetically play at either the three or four positions for Eustachy this season. Because Kirk will graduate this summer, he’s eligible to play immediately – this fall – for whatever team he chooses.
The lanky athlete started his college career at the University of Miami, and the Hurricanes are the only other known team fighting for Kirk’s services against CSU.
Kirk can hit the three at times, though his 39 percent from downtown last year is a bit deceiving since he only shot 31 from beyond the arc. His offensive efficiency stats say he can be as effective a scorer as Greg Smith, and while he only grabbed 3.9 boards per game last season, rebounding will be emphasized by Eustachy meaning those numbers will almost certainly increase if he comes to CSU. He’s also a solid defender, earning blocks despite not being one of the tallest bigmen in the college game.
The Rams saw five senior starters depart the program this March following back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and they’ve already filled most of the scholarships.
Marcus Holt and J.J. Avila are two big-man transfers that will give the team height up front; adding Kirk at small forward would give CSU some serious size. In the backcourt, incoming freshmen David Cohn and Carton Hurst will add depth behind Jesse Carr, Jon Octeus and Dwight Smith.
While it’s too early to say for sure, Kirk would certainly have a shot to be a starter with the Rams, likely with Holt and Avila in the front court, Carr and Octeus as the guards. That would leave Dwight Smith, Daniel Bejarano, Gerson Santo along with a host of other youngsters to come off the bench.
Colorado State is definitely building depth while also making sure to be competitive next season despite losing so much of their talent.
Stay tuned for roster updates as they happen.
Rich Kurtzman is a freelance journalist. You can follow Rich on Twitter or Facebook for all your CSU Rams news and opinion.