The worst kept secret of the day became official a little while ago, as Khem Birch told CBS Sports that he is indeed transferring out of the Pitt basketball program. The rumors swirled over the last 24 hours that Birch would leave sunny Pittsburgh and take his talents somewhere else, but it wasn’t officially official until the player himself confirmed the news earlier this evening.
Birch had shown flashes of his McDonald’s All-American talent in his ten games with the Panthers, posting a double-double against Penn and missing another one by two points in the following game, but had seen his production and playing time fall off in the four games since then. Birch said that he enjoyed his time at Pitt and didn’t have a problem with his coaches or teammates, but that the program wasn’t a good fit for him and he would return to his native Toronto to contemplate his next move. He does not have a new list of suitors and has not decided on a destination although, as you’re probably aware, some believe Kentucky will be in the mix for his services. We’ll just have to wait and see how it all plays out.