“He’s a top 100 player in the 2013 class,” said Arizona Magic Pump-N-Run coach Jeff de Laveaga who coaches Maurice Kirby in the AAU circuit. “He’s 6-9 with his shoes off and will be 6-11, 7-0 when he’s done growing. He already has a wingspan of 7-2 which could get to 7-4 as he continues growing. He’s a guy that coach Sendek can get to play at the next level as he did with so many other players.”
Coach de Laveaga said that Kirby’s defense is well ahead of his offense at this point, but with the center’s dedication he is certain that he will be able to improve that skill.
“Sendek came down and watched him worked out and loves his work ethic,” de Laveaga said. “He wakes up every day at 6 o’clock in the morning and works out before school. He lifts in the afternoon, and trains with his team in the evening.
“He played against the best players in the country in his class and has played very well in those games and has improved every year. He changes the game with his length and ability to block shots and he's a great low-post defender and also a great weak side defender. Offensively he has good hands and a soft touch inside. By the time he gets to ASU he’ll be stronger and ready to play at that level. ”
Oklahoma offered a scholarship according to de Laveaga, and Oregon State and Arizona were close to following suit. When ASU offered Kirby last evening he naturally didn’t hesitate to make his feelings known.
“He wanted to stay home,” de Laveaga remarked. “He comes from a single parent home and is very close to his mom. They both moved from Flagstaff so he could be close to all the people that can help him train and get better. That commute from Flagstaff was very hard on both of them. It’s been a good move and gave him a lot of visibility.
“With the stress level of this whole process and all the unknowns Maurice and his mom didn’t want to wait. They felt that ASU would be a great home for Maurice and I’m not surprised that he committed this early. ASU is a great place for him and he knows in his heart that this is the right coach and the right program to go to. When you know where you want to go you have to take it.”
The 2010 - 2011 season will be the first year of Varsity basketball for Poston Butte High School located in San Tan Valley (east of Gilbert). The Broncos will compete in the 4A1 Desert Sky Region.
“It’s going to be a tough year in high school but he will only be better for that,” de Laveaga noted. “He’ll jump into (AAU) club play in March all through Memorial Day and then he’ll be with his high school team for the June team camps and we get him back to the club team for the college evaluation period in July.”