By Mike Dixon | Las Vegas, NV
The Orlando Magic have signed 6-foot-9 big man Khem Birch, the club announced Wednesday.
In 2011–12, Birch played college basketball at the University of Pittsburgh, with the Pittsburgh Panthers. In 2012, he then transferred to UNLV, where he played with the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels. As a junior, in the 2013–14 season, he averaged 10.2 rebounds per game, which was the third highest in the Mountain West Conference, while also averaging 3.8 blocks per game, which was the second highest in the Mountain West Conference.
In April 2014, he declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final year of college eligibility.
On June 14, 2016, Birch signed to play in Greece, on a 2-year €1.1 million euros net income contract, with the defending Greek Basket League champions, Olympiacos. With Olympiacos, he averaged 15.7 minutes, 5.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.8 blocks, and 0.6 steals per game, in 33 games played in the Greek Basket League 2016–17 season. He also averaged 18.1 minutes, 7.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.3 assists, 1.0 blocks, and 0.5 steals per game, in 37 games played in the EuroLeague 2016–17 season.
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