As we near the deadline for prospects to declare (April 27), more and more college and international players are making their decisions.
On Thursday, UNLV Runnin’ Rebel’s junior forward Khem Birch made his decision. Birch informed the world he would be declaring for the draft via his twitter account.
After careful consideration with my family Coach Rice and inner circle I’ve decided to declare for the 2014 NBA draft #rebel4Life
— Khem Birch (@MTLsGift) April 24, 2014
The 6’9, 220-pound Birch started his career with the Pittsburgh Panthers, but transferred after the 2011-12 season and spent two seasons with the Rebels. Last season, he averaged 11.5 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.8 blocks and 1.2 assists in 31.4 minutes per game. He shot 51.0% from the field and 69.3% from the charity stripe.
Like a few of the other prospects, most notably former Kansas Jayhawks’ forward Andrew Wiggins, Birch is Canadian. He’s originally from Montreal.
Birch is listed as the 61st-best prospect according to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express and projects as a second-round pick.