College, High School / Oct 1, 2010 / 2:45 pm

Pittsburgh recruit Khem Birch is taking over all of North America

Khem Birch (photo. Kelly Kline)

Khem Birch (photo. Kelly Kline)

If you haven’t noticed, Canada is starting to blow up on the basketball scene. While the NBA’s Toronto Raptors are still a few years away from making noise on the pro level, in the high school and college scene there are a handful of young Canadians out to make a name for themselves at big-time programs.

Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph, both 2010 high school All-Americans, will suit up at the University of Texas this season. Myck Kabongo of Findlay Prep (Nev.) is a Top-5 high school senior on this side of the border. Now the next one up to bat is Khem Birch.

Birch, a 6-9 forward/center at Notre Dame Prep (Mass.), is one of the top players in the Class of 2012. He verbally committed to Pittsburgh earlier this week, and is already being called Jamie Dixon‘s most talented recruit of his career, even better than San Antonio Spurs’ big man DeJuan Blair and ’09 McDonald’s All-American Dante Taylor.

High School Hoop’s Lucas Shapiro got up with Birch for a 1-on-1 interview today, where he talks about committing to Pitt, his summer run with Team Canada, and his plans for North American domination. Birch also gives us a heads-up on the rising big-time players to come out of Canada. Check out Birch’s highlight video below:

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  • hoop5013

    when you’re trying to show people that a kid is elite, showing a video of a 6’9 high school kid dunking and blocking shots over much shorter kids is not that convincing. I am sure the kids talented but give us a better video fellas. Anyways…its about time Canada starts collecting some W’s after all the L’s they have taken

  • http://www.dimemag.com Lucas Shapiro

    The funny thing about this video is that he is not playing against inferior competition. In fact, if you looked closely, he was going up against Andre Drummond’s AAU team. All of the games played in his school uniform (Winchendon) were against NEPSAC teams. The NEPSAC conference is widely considered one of the top prep school leagues in the nation. I can assure you that many of the guys he is going up against are 6’9″ or taller.

  • 45%

    damn. what the fuck is going on in canada!

    cory joseph! TT! KHEM! MYCK!