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Khem Birch chooses UNLV over Florida

Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:17 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2012 8:36 pm

By Jeff Goodman

It’s only been three weeks, but the recruitment of Khem Birch has taken plenty of twists and turns since rumors first started that he was leaving Pittsburgh.

On Monday, it ended: Birch is headed to UNLV, a source told

The 6-foot-9 Canadian power forward chose the Runnin’ Rebels over Florida. Xavier, Gonzaga, New Mexico and others were also in the mix at one point.

Birch was the highest-ranked player to ever commit to the Panthers, but he left the program after 10 games. He said in late December that he didn’t bond well enough with his teammates at Pittsburgh, and also that the style of play wasn’t ideal for him.

He averaged 4.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks at Pittsburgh.

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Since: Aug 13, 2008
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:22 pm

Khem Birch chooses UNLV over Florida

That is great news, and his transfer days are now finished. Time to settle in and play in a style that fits his game. UNLV is making a big splash on a transfer they never tried for. That speaks volumes of the upswing in VEGAS and the coaching staff. Lets hop aboard and enjoy this ride.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2012 4:14 pm

Khem Birch chooses UNLV over Florida

Nice get UNLV but know this.He went to 4 high schools and 1/2 way through his fr.year of college is on his 2nd school.Don't make any long range plans with Birch in them. Nice player however.

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:25 am

Khem Birch chooses UNLV over Florida

Really nice news for UNLV. The addition of Birch certainly has caused a great deal of discussion as to the possibility of enhanced opportunity to land Bennett and/or Shabazz. UNLV has done a really fantastic job at rebuilding a program based upon selective (albeit limited) recruiting while making a case for transfers to consider UNLV as a viable option should things not work out as "promised" by some of the BCS programs. Former UNLV head coach, Lon Kruger, began rebuilding the Rebels on that premise and it is continuing under first year coach Dave Rice.

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:58 pm

Khem Birch chooses UNLV over Florida

I have seen Khem play when younger, great kid but made the mistake of coming in early and betting on program without really evaluating whether this was the right place to be. Great program, great coach, though year however. His style was never to flourish with Pitts, hope it does with UNLV which appears better suited. One year to mature. A program can be seduced by the recruit's ranking and the impact and the reverse is true but then again can't get a square peg in a round hole. Nobody has to be proven right or wrong, better that it happens now. Far from the NBA in any case but with his performance at the All-American who knows Undecided

Since: Dec 31, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:27 pm

Khem Birch chooses UNLV over Florida

This year is only the beginning for UNLV. Huge pick up with Birch, and a nice recruiting class coming in. Not to mention the HIGH possibility of adding Anthony Bennett as well!!! Who knows...Shabazz is also highly considering UNLV and he may want to hop join the party in Vegas! However, if both want to commit to UNLV, that would pose a problem because we only have 1 scholarship left. Think Rice would strip one of our scholarships from Karam Mashour? No a good look if he does, but hey, how often does UNLV have a chance at grab this many STUD recruits? 

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