UNLV CAREER Birch enters his second full season in the Runnin' Rebel program in 2013-14 ... Transferred from the University of Pittsburgh to UNLV after the fall 2011 semester ... Sat out the fall 2012 semester as a redshirt because of NCAA transfer rules (he also sat out the spring 2012 semester at UNLV) ... Named to the 2013-14 Preseason Media All-Mountain West Team.
SOPHOMORE (2012-13) Named the MW Defensive Player of the Year, marking the fourth time a Runnin' Rebel has won the league's highest defensive award and first time since 2007 ... After sitting out a calendar year, received honorable mention All-MW and earned a spot on the MW All-Defensive Team ... Led the MW in blocked shots during conference play with 48 in 16 games for an average of 3.0 ... His 68 total blocks (in just 26 games played) is the most by a Runnin' Rebel in an entire season since Joel Anthony (currently a member of the NBA's Miami Heat) swatted 109 shots in 2006-07 ... Birch's 68 blocks ranks sixth on the seasonal chart in UNLV history ... Would have ranked No. 20 in the nation at 2.61 blocks per game if he had played in at least 75 percent of the team's games ... Ranked fifth on the team in scoring with 7.2 ppg ... Also led the squad in field-goal percentage with a .563 clip overall, which would have ranked second in the MW if he had played in at least 75 percent of the team's games ... Started 15 of the 26 games he played as a sophomore and led the team in rebounding four times and scoring twice ... Made his UNLV debut on Dec. 17 and scored four points in 14 minutes in a win at UTEP ... Had six blocks and a career-high 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting in a win over Canisius on Dec. 22 ... He posted another four blocks vs. Chicago State on Jan. 3 while recording his first double-double for the program with 13 points and 12 rebounds ... He made his first career start at UNLV two days later vs. Cal State Bakersfield ... He started 13 of 16 league contests and blocked at least one shot in every one and two or more in a dozen ... Blocked five shots and scored 12 points to help UNLV win at San Diego State on Jan. 16 ... Bested the effort in a home victory over the Aztecs with five blocks and 16 points on Feb. 16 ... Recorded his second double-double of the season in a win at Wyoming with a career-high 14 rebounds and 12 points on Feb. 23 ... Blocked a career-high seven shots to go with 10 points in a win at Nevada, Reno on March 2 ... The seven blocks were the most by a MW player during the season ... Made all four of his shot attempts for eight points in UNLV's MW quarterfinal win over Air Force on March 13 ... Made his NCAA Tournament debut against Cal on March 21, where he scored five points, pulled down five rebounds and blocked four shots.
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 ... Majoring in sociology ... The son of Wendy Sparks and Dervincent Birch.