Same name, different game: Devin Kirby Basha’s next big thing

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Few, even Devin Kirby himself, don’t know just how good he can be.

Sure, his family basketball blood lines run deep at Basha High but when it’s all said and done many believe younger brother has a chance to be the best in the family.

Pretty strong words considering older brother Maurice got a full scholarship to ACC member Virginia Tech when he prep career ended two years ago.

After watching Devin gracefully run the floor and use his lateral quickness to defend smaller players on the perimeter it’s easy to see why college coaches are keeping a close eye on the long, athletic 6’10 junior who’s been busy this summer both playing on Basha’s summer league team and the Arizona Magic Elite which makes stops around the southwest competing against some of the nation’s best.

It serves as the perfect opportunity to refine and improve his skills heading into the school year.

“I’m trying to work on my post game,” Kirby told recently. “Trying to work on my shot, too.”

His biggest focus is adding bulk in the weight room to his long, growing 175-pound frame something 235-pound older brother never had to worry about.

“A lot of people say I’m a little more athletic than him,” he explained. “I’m a little bit more thin and wiry and he’s a little bit more built. I use my athleticism to an advantage.”

Make no mistake younger brother doesn’t shy away of giving credit to the person who helped mold him on and off the court.

“I learned a lot from him,” he explained. “He was my role model coming up…he pushed me to be the best player I could be. I’m kinda just carrying on the [Basha] tradition.”

Look for Kirby to greatly increase his sophomore totals of 4.8 points and 4.6 rebounds a game as the stretch-four becomes more of a focal point in the Bears’ offense this season.

He received his first official offer from Dan Majerle and Grand Canyon recently. NAU and San Francisco have also shown interest in the rising star who could be seven-foot by the time he graduates at Basha.