UNLV CAREER Birch enters his first full season in the Runnin' Rebel program in 2012-13 ... Transferred from the University of Pittsburgh to UNLV after the fall 2011 semester ... Must sit out the fall 2012 semester as a redshirt because of NCAA transfer rules (he also sat out the spring 2012 semester at UNLV) ... Can practice with the team during the fall semester and will be eligible to play in games for UNLV as a sophomore following the fall 2012 semester.
FRESHMAN (2011-12) - PITTSBURGH Played as a true freshman in the fall of 2011 at Pitt, before transferring to UNLV ... Appeared in the team's first 10 games, making six starts ... Averaged 4.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in 15.0 minutes per contest ... Shot 57.1 percent from the field ... Led the Panthers in rebounding in two games, including a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds in his first career start in a win at Penn on Nov. 25 ... Was 6-for-8 from the field with three blocks and a steal in 28 minutes played that night ... Pulled down 11 rebounds against Robert Morris on Nov. 27 ... Had a total of 19 blocked shots in his 10 games played and blocked at least one shot in each of his last nine.
HIGH SCHOOL A McDonald's High School All-American, Birch is a 2011 graduate of Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. ... Played only his senior season for the Crusaders ... Named a second team USA Today All-American ... Averaged 18.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 6.0 blocked shots per game as a senior at Notre Dame Prep ... Guided the Crusaders, coached by Ryan Hurd, to the title game of the National Prep Championships before losing to champion St. Thomas More Prep (Conn.) ... In the annual McDonald's All-American game, which was held at Chicago's United Center, led the West team in scoring (15 points), rebounding (10, including nine offensive) and blocked shots (six) ... He became the first-ever player in the game from Montreal ... Played in the Jordan Brand Classic and finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and five blocks to help his East team win 113-109 ... Was ranked as the nation's No. 11 recruit and No. 1 power forward by ESPNU in the class of 2011 ... Also was ranked the nation's No. 14 overall recruit by Scout.com and No. 17 by MaxPreps ... Played AAU basketball on the Expressions Elite team for coach Todd Quarles ... Also played for the Brookwood Elite ... Played on the Canadian Junior National Team at the Under-18 Championships in San Antonio, Texas, during the summer of 2010 ... Led the squad to a bronze medal under coach Greg Francis ... Prior to attending Notre Dame Prep, attended Winchendon Prep in Winchendon, Mass., playing for coach Mike Byrnes ... Averaged 5.0 blocks per game as a sophomore at Winchendon.
PERSONAL Khem Xavier Birch was born Sept. 28, 1992, in Montreal, Quebec ... Has not declared a major ... The son of Wendy Sparks and Dervincent Birch.