Khem Birch has come a long way 

February, 15, 2011
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When the school year began, Khem Birch (Montrel, Can./Notre Dame Prep) wasn't even thinking about being a McDonald's All-American, and it wasn't solely because he was listed in the Class of 2012.

Birch conceded on Sunday night that he never believed he was going to be given high school basketball's top individual honor and that's just part of why his selection is so gratifying.

"Being picked was very exciting because I am the first player from my city to ever be picked," the Montreal native said, "and because I didn't think I was going to make it."

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