Former Whiteville High School basketball all-state selection Tyrell Kirk is off to strong start in his senior season for Coach Drew Edwards’ UNC Pembroke hoops team. Kirk became the 38th player to join the Braves’ 1,000 career point scorers list following big season-opening outings.
Kirk has become one of the top backcourt players in UNCP history. He has started every Braves game since his sophomore season after providing off-the-bench strength as a freshman. He has gained All-Peach Belt Conference First Team honors and is a strong candidate for the 2021 Peach Belt Player of the Year honors.
In the UNCP season opener against Belmont Abby, Kirk tallied 24 points in a narrow 68-67 home loss. That performance lifted him over the career 1,000-point barrier.
On January 6, The 6-foot-5, 175-pound Kirk poured in 23 points in the Braves’ 93-72 win over Clayton State in Morrow, Ga.
At Whiteville High, Kirk earned Three Rivers Conference Player of the Year and Columbus County Player of the Year awards as both a junior and senior under Coach Jerry Singletary. He was also named to the AP All-State team as a senior. Kirk emerged as Most Valuable Player after leading the East team to a win over the West in the annual East-West All-Star Game at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Kirk’s older brother Shawn was also a standout at Whiteville High who went on to play for the N.C. State Wolfpack for three seasons before playing his senior season at UNCP.
Tyrell Kirk is the second former Whiteville High School player who has gone on to a standout hoops career at UNC Pembroke. The other is guard Quamain Rose. Rose claimed NCAA Division II All-America honors in 2015 and was the 30th UNCP player to surpass the 1,000 career point total.
UNC Pembroke opened its home schedule Saturday with a 91-72 win over Columbus State. Kirk totaled 19 points, six rebounds and three assists.