2004 Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference Team
As a Junior in 2004-05: European post player who has gotten more comfortable in the America style. aggressive rebounder and excellent student. hit 2-3 FGs with an assist @ #2 Wake Forest (11-15-04) hit 2-3 FGs for 7 pts. vs. Morgan St. (11-20-04) scored 4 pts. with 3 rebs. vs. La Salle (1-5-04) scored 4 pts. with 4 rebs. @ Duquesne (1-8-05) hit 4-5 FGs for 10 pts., 5 rebs., 2 assts. @ St. Bona. (1-12-05) converted 2-3 FGs with a block @ La Salle (1-19-05) Averaged 5.4 ppg during the five-game Australian exhibition tour in August.
As a Sophomore in 2003-04: averaged 4.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg in two preseason exhibitions grabbed a rebound vs. Wm & Mary (11/29/03) made his first start of the season and hit 2-3 FGs with a block vs. Towson (12/10/03) had a blk. and assist in 5 mins. @ ODU (12/20/03) had his best game of the season with 12 pts. on 5-6 FGs in his third start of the season vs. St. Bonaventure (2/4/04) started Dayton game and shot 2-2 with 2 rebs., blk. and stl. (2/18/04) named to A-10 Academic All-Conference Team Mar. 9
As a Freshman in 2002-03: Started both preseason exhibitions in the low post... started the UConn game (11/25/02)... scored five pts. but picked up an offsetting technical foul in the FIU game (12/3/02)... scored 11 pts. with four rebounds and a block against #9 Maryland (12/8/02)... hit a pair of threes in 11 minutes at Towson (12/22/02)... added five pts. with four rebs. against ODU (12/28/02) ... hit both FGs against #19 Xavier (2/4/03)... scored nine pts. with five rebs. and a pair of blocks at Dayton (2/12/03).
High School: Originally from Nikolaev, Ukraine, Kireev (pronounced "Kear-RAY-ef") is a 6-foot-11, 240-pound forward averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds for Evangel Christian Academy. "Alexander will give us a much-needed inside presence," Hobbs said. "Because of his size and skill level, he will be expected to play right away. He's a great rebounder, he can catch-and-shoot, and he can pass very well for a big man." Kireev played three seasons at Evangel Christian under coach Todd Foster. He is a Street & Smith's Magazine honorable mention All-America selection. He was named Academic All-State and was an All-District performer in Louisiana.
Personal: Born September 16, 1983 in Nikolaev, Ukraine ... full name is Alexander Kireev ... son of Alexander and Galina Kireev ... has one brother, Kirill ... spent the summer of 2003 playing for the Ukrainian National Team ... enjoys going to the movies ... would like to continue his basketball career as a professional following graduation ... international business major.
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