KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC men’s basketball team and UMKC athletics family is saddened to mourn the loss of former men’s basketball player Kirk Korver, who passed away on Tuesday.
“Our entire UMKC Basketball family has very heavy hearts after hearing about the sudden passing of Kirk Korver,” Head Coach Kareem Richardson said. “We all want to send our deepest condolences to his family. Kirk was an ultimate team player and had an infectious personality that we will all remember.”
“Words cannot express how saddened we were to receive the news of Kirk’s passing,” Director of Athletics Carla Wilson said. “It is hard to fathom. He was a model student-athlete, who will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Korver family during this very difficult time.”
Korver, 27, joined the Roos out of Pella High School in Pella, Iowa, played for the Roos from 2009-2014 and appeared in 113 games for UMKC, the fourth most in school history, starting 50 contest.
Korver was a two-time Academic All-League selection, a 2012 Commissioner’s List of Academic Excellence honoree and the 2010 winner of the Lee Hunt Award, which is presented annually to a basketball student-athlete who demonstrates academic ability, moral character and leadership. His 597 career points ranked 32nd all-time at UMKC upon his graduation.
During his sophomore season, he poured in a career-high 18 points on Jan. 19, 2012 in a 72-50 victory over Western Illinois. Overall, he drained 100 threes in the Blue & Gold, while grabbing over 250 rebounds.
A 2014 graduate, Kirk was an exemplary student-athlete on many levels. He defined kindness and hard work. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Korver family. He will be missed and forever loved.
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