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Khem Birch

  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-9 / 209
  • Birthdate: 09/28/1992
  • College: UNLV
Prospect Analysis

Strengths

  • Big-time run/jump athleticism
  • Great shot blocker
  • Good rebounder
  • 7-0 wingspan

 

Weaknesses

  • Below average size for an NBA post
  • Offensive game not that advanced

 

NBA projection: Birch has been projected as a late second-round selection.

 

2013-14 Season

Birch was voted the Mountain West Conference’s defensive player of the year and also made second-team All-MWC after averaging a double-double and finishing second in the nation in blocked shots. Birch finished eighth in Division I with 17 double-doubles. He flirted with a triple-double in a road win at Utah State, racking up 11 points, 12 boards and nine blocks.

 

Key statistics: 11.5 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 3.8 bpg, 1.3 tpg, 34.4 mpg, .510 FG, .693 FT

 

Cool statistic: In less than two seasons, Birch blocked 192 shots, just two short of UNLV’s career record set by Dalron Johnson (1999-03).

 

Reminds me of: JaVale McGee

 

What Insiders Say

UNLV coach Dave Rice

"I loved coaching Khem for the last two years. He is a hard worker and a gifted player.”

 

What Outsiders Say

San Diego State coach Steve Fisher

"Birch creates so many problems for you because he's always lurking around the rim. He's been a thorn for us and has created a lot of problems for us, guarding anybody that drives to the rim. That's his home, and he doesn't want anybody to get near it.”

 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch