By Jeff Goodman
New Mexico sophomore big man Alex Kirk had surgery on Tuesday to relieve a herniated disc in his back.
``We fully expect that Alex will recover 100 percent,” Lobos coach Steve Alford said in a statement.
Alford and his staff, according to sources, have not received a timetable of when to expect the 6-foot-11 Kirk back on the court.
Kirk started 21 of the first 22 games of the season as a freshman last season before coming off the bench down the stretch.
He averaged 4.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game, but is expected to be a valuable and significant frontcourt guy for New Mexico, a team that won 22 games last season and will likely be picked to win the Mountain West this year.
The Lobos lost their leader and point guard, Dairese Gary, but return just about everyone else: sophomore guard Kendall Williams, senior forwards Drew Gordon and A.J. Hardeman, senior wing Phillip McDonald and talented reserve wing Tony Snell.