Jamie Dixon Comments On Khem Birch's Departure

Pitt coach Jamie Dixon confirmed the departure of highly-touted freshman forward Khem Birch on Friday night according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ray Fittipaldo.

"Khem has decided to leave the team for personal reasons," Dixon said in a statement. "We thank Khem for his contribution to our program over the last semester and wish him great success in the future."

The 6-foot-9 former five-star recruit and McDonald's All-American out of Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburgh, Mass. signed with the Panthers last September, turning down scholarship offers from eight schools including Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Texas and West Virginia. 

Rivals.com ranked him No. 4 at the power forward position and No. 9 overall for the recruiting class of 2011. He had started the last six games for Dixon's squad before his transfer and had played in all 10 of Pitt's games this season, averaging 4.4 points and 5.0 rebounds.

His final game with the Panthers came last Saturday when he scored five points and grabbed a single rebound in 15 minutes during Pitt's 74-68 win against Oklahoma State.

Birch will have to sit out a calender year of games but would be eligible to play at whatever school he transfers to starting next December if Dixon releases Birch from his scholarship.

For all the latest on Khem Birch's departure from Pitt, stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Pittsburgh

You must be a member of SB Nation Pittsburgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Pittsburgh. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Pittsburgh

You must be a member of SB Nation Pittsburgh to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Pittsburgh. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.