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Birch tells CBSSports.com he's leaving Pittsburgh

Posted on: December 16, 2011 7:01 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 8:15 pm
 

By Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello

Khem Birch is leaving Pittsburgh after just 10 games. 

The 6-foot-9 Canadian, the highest-ranked player to commit to the Panthers in the history of the program, told CBSSports.com he has decided to transfer. 

"I'm leaving," Birch told CBSSports.com on Friday night. "I'm headed to Toronto now. I enjoyed my time at Pittsburgh, I love Coach (Jamie) Dixon, had no problems with the staff and the players. It just wasn't the right fit for me."  

Birch informed CBSSports.com that he does not have a new list and has not decided on his next destination. 

Birch, who attended Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) last season, was averaging 4.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks through 10 games. It looked like Birch was on the verge of breaking out in late November, when he totaled 23 points, 21 rebounds and nine blocks in two wins over Pennsylvania and Robert Morris. He has started six games.

However, his minutes decreased the last couple of games. Birch averaged just 13.5 minutes over the last four games after playing 28.5 the previous two.

If there is a team that could sustain this type of loss, though, it's Pittsburgh. Jamie Dixon has Taylor and sophomore Talib Zanna in the post, and Robinson, a senior, at the power forward position. Without Birch, freshman Malcolm Gilbert will likely get increased minutes. Next year, touted New Zealand prospect Steven Adams will be welcomed into the fold. 

Birch decided to reclassify to the class of 2011 last November. Scout.com ranked him No. 15 in ’11 after originally being a top five player in the class of 2012.

Photo: US Presswire 

Comments

Since: Oct 24, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2011 12:40 am
 

Birch tells CBSSports.com he's leaving Pittsburgh


Todd Graham good not wait to leave little unknown Pitt & now there best ranked player in little Pitt's history can't wait to get out of there either. Pitt fans: All I want for Christmas is for someone to love us & stay with us.

That's life in college sports & little Pitt & their little fans should know that already. Lane Kiffin did the same thing when he left little unknown Tennessee for much better place like USC & Todd Graham did the same thing when he felt little unknown Pitt for a much better place like Arizona State. That's life little Panthers fans so live with it cry baby's. Great pickup ASU. The Pac-12 is by far the Greatest Show in college football now with so many explosive offenses. Welcome to the Sun Devils nation Graham.

Sounds like stevepheonix is an expert on "little" things.



Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 12:34 am
 

Birch tells CBSSports.com he's leaving Pittsburgh

Pitt has depth, they'll be fine....Until the tournament that is...



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2011 12:25 am
 

Birch tells CBSSports.com he's leaving Pittsburgh

Wait, why do kentuck fans want him so bad?  Would they really rather have him than the guys they have?  They get the top recruit every year, he was only in like the top ten :p




Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:33 pm
 

Birch tells CBSSports.com he's leaving Pittsburgh

Its been a rough year for PA in sports.



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Birch tells CBSSports.com he's leaving Pittsburgh

Hate to rain on your parade. But Pitt beats every team you root for. Look at the history of the university before you open your mouth.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:59 pm
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Since: Aug 7, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:57 pm
 

Birch tells CBSSports.com he's leaving Pittsburgh

You sound like you are retarded. I hope you enjoy your limited time with Todd Graham, the classless jerk-off. What makes you think he is going to all of a sudden develop the loyalty and integrity he preached but didn't practice at Pitt. And his coaching sucked too. I guess I could say "I good not wait until he screws Arizona", but I won't. I went to Pitt and I learned proper grammar.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:48 pm
 

Birch tells CBSSports.com he's leaving Pittsburgh

"Any chance he lands at Kentucky?"

The magic 8-ball says "less likely than the chances that severe and substantial violations are discovered eventually under John Calipari's term at UK."

Don't blame me.  Blame fate.  And every conscious person in America. 



Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:45 pm
 

Birch tells CBSSports.com he's leaving Pittsburgh

Any chance he lands at Kentucky?



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:34 pm
 

Birch tells CBSSports.com he's leaving Pittsburgh

"@SissyBoyFloy Not only do you mistake your insittution, you also try to make light up a situation wherein children were treated in such a terrible way that they (now young-adults) will forever be traumatized.  Good job.  Hope Santa brings you lots of great presents in a week or so." 



I echo the sediments.....Two nights in a row sissygirl making stupid comments. You need to educate yourself to the facts and get just a hint of a clue before you pop off again......OK  sis 


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