Thursday, December 15, 2011

Khem Birch transferring rumors

All I can say about it is that I couldn't find anybody who would confirm it.  In fact, I was told by somebody that was close to the program that Jamie Dixon has never even mentioned it as a possibility and that it would surprise the source very much if Birch would leave.  That does not mean it won't happen.  It just means there is nothing concrete yet.  The fact that both current and past players seem to be referring to it on twitter  should show that there is at least something going on with Birch.  My guess is that he's contemplating it but  hasn't done anything yet.

13 comments:

  1. graham leaving is disappointing but if birch leaves...it would be extremley disappointing to say the least

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  2. Easy fix. Play the kid!!! He's a Top 15 talent in the class and he plays
    12 minutes a game and we handcuff him. He's a runner and we have
    him at the 5. Put him at the 4 and run him 25 minutes a game.
    If Pitt loses Birch we'll never get another like him. JD has to be
    smarter than that. What they could do with him and Adams and
    Robinson next year makes me giddy. Please don't screw this
    up JD.

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  3. Top 15 potential but he has a lot of work to do and he's being outplayed by a junior so I think fans should trust Jamie to know and do what's best.

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  4. Birch played the 4 early and has looked better at the 5. You don't just do whatever a player wants because they threaten to leave. That's how you destroy a program. If someone thinks they are bigger than the program, let them go, if they want to be a part of it and buy in then you accept them.

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  5. We'll never get another like him? Seriously? Stevie Adams is a top 5 NBA pick who is coming in next year. Khem wishes he had the talent that Adams has.

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  6. These are the types of problems that you have to try to find some way to manage if you are coaching a team as deep and as fairly equally talented as Pitt's. IMO, Dixon fucked up by not playing Birch more early in the year. Hell, in some of those games he was only playing 5 minutes or so and that's probably where this all started.

    That being said, the chances of Birch taking off are probably not that great. He would only be damaging himself becoz sitting out for the rest of the season won't help his draft prospects in 2012 and he's not close to nba ready anyway from what I've seen ... in what is supposed to be a very deep draft class. His game is simply not developed enough for him to be 1st round material yet. From what I understand, if he plays out the year and then decides to transfer next year then he'll have to sit out a year unless Pitt voluntarily releases him from his scholarship. The only scenario that I see him leaving this season for ... or even next ... is to go to Europe and get paid to play ... at least it's the only scenario that makes any sense as far as potentially being to his long-term benefit.

    He may be a little depressed about being in a new town and that could be contributing to his dismay with Pitt so far. Plus, he probably had unrealistic expectations as to how good he is at this point in time. More than likely Robinson and Gibbs will talk some sense to him and he'll ride it out getting more minutes as his game develops and improving by the end of the year such that he'll put himself into good position to have a big 2012 for Pitt and be a 1st round draft choice in 2013.

    Z

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  7. Fuck, it's looking bad.

    http://pittsburgh.sbnation.com/pittsburgh-panthers/2011/12/15/2639415/khem-birchs-leaving-pitt-reports-ashton-gibbs-brad-wanamaker-todd-graham

    Evidently, if he quit right now he can sit out a year and then play for Kentucky in January of 2012. With that in mind, the move makes some sense.

    Z

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  8. From an Ashton Gibbs tweet:

    "Wow..... To the news that's about to unfold...."

    Z

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  9. Mistake:
    Evidently, if he quit right now he can sit out a year and then play for Kentucky in January of 2012. With that in mind, the move makes some sense.

    I meant January of 2013.

    Z

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  10. Apparently, Birch would have to be let out of his scholarship by Dixon to be eligible at all in 2012-2013. If Dixon did let him out of his scholarship he would be eligible to play in January 2013. If not, Birch would have to wait until 2013-2014 ... or just go pro in Europe or somewhere overseas.

    Dixon has a damn good reason not to let him out of his scholarship: he had to let go of Jaylen Bond (who is getting minutes at Texas right now) becoz Birch changed his mind and decided to go to Pitt in 2011-2012 instead of attending prep school like he had earlier planned.

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11350/1197277-175.stm

    Z

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  11. According to Kentucky's Scout.com site, Kentucky has no scholarships open...they would have to release someone. I also heard that no way he bumps out any starters on their team.

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  12. these kids always over estimate their own talent and importance. he is used to being the big fish and now he isn't. on this team you earn your time and to be honest he hasn't shown a bunch when given oppurtunities. he will be very good in time but right now his game isn't there quite yet. most likely he has someone in his ear telling him what he wants to hear instead of what he needs to hear.

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  13. Dixon does need to play the young, talented guys more - Moore, Birch, Johnson - but c'mon. Birch needs to grow up. He's not much better if at all than Taylor. That being said, he's not Dante Taylor. He's a different kid. Dixon should have made it clear what the expectations were for him.

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