Khem Birch leaving UNLV for NBA

UNLV junior big man Khem Birch told ESPN.com he is headed to the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Canadian big man averaged 11.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocks last season.

Birch began his college career at Pittsburgh and played 10 games before transferring to UNLV.

According to several NBA executives, Birch is a likely second-round pick.

Birch took to Twitter to make his announcement.