Former UNLV basketball star Khem Birch, a two-time Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year, signed a contract to play with the Miami Heat on Sunday.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 6-foot-9 Birch appeared in six games with the Washington Wizards during the 2014 Vegas Summer League and averaged 5.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.17 blocks and 19.3 minutes while shooting 47.8 percent from the field. He led the team in offensive rebounds and finished second in blocks, third in total rebounds and fourth in field goals made, free throws made and minutes. Additionally, he posted a seven-point, 11-rebound game vs. Miami on July 15 while shooting a perfect 3-of-3 from the field and a perfect 1-of-1 from the foul line.
Last season at UNLV he averaged a double-double. He appeared in 33 games (32 starts), averaging 11.5 points, 10.2 rebounds, 3.76 blocks, 1.2 assists and 31.4 minutes while shooting 51 percent from the field. He was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-Defensive Team and All-Mountain West Second Team honors.
Birch also finished second in the NCAA in blocks per game and total blocks (124) and tied for seventh in total rebounds (337). He entered the NBA Draft following his junior season but was not picked.
Birch also made national news when UNLV’s student section, The Rebellion, unveiled “Khem Kong” — a large 3-D prop in his honor. (SEE PHOTO BELOW)