Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Former Pittsburgh forward Khem Birch has three visits planned this week.
“This week he’s going to go to Florida (Tuesday), New Mexico State (Wednesday) and UNLV (Friday) and he may go visit another maybe one or two,” his mother, Wendy Sparks, told SNY.tv by phone.
“We’re not sure which ones he’s going to go visit. He has to decide soon because he wants to be back in school by mid-January.”
Wendy said her son had received releases to all of those schools.
“We got the releases about a week ago and now he’s ready to go,” she said.
Pittsburgh has declined official comment on Birch’s transfer status, but he is no longer listed on the team roster.
The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Birch recently told CBSSports.com he will transfer to Florida, UNLV, Gonzaga, Washington, Xavier or New Mexico State.
“I want to play more (power forward),” Birch told CBS. “That’s one of the main reasons I went to Pittsburgh in the first place. I know I don’t have the four-man skills yet, but I want to develop them.”
A former McDonald’s All-American, Birch averaged 4.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocks for Pitt.
He will have to sit out a year after his transfer.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.