Khem Birch, Deonte Burton sign with Wizards' Summer League team

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And the flood of undrafted free agents begins.

The Wizards didn't use their second-round pick for some reason, but they do have a Summer League team to fill out and a number of players they could have selected at No. 46 are still available. Two such players have already signed on: UNLV forward Khem Birch and Nevada point guard Deonte Burton.

Via the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Khem Birch was not picked Thursday in the NBA Draft, but the former UNLV forward picked his spot less than 24 hours later. He is signing as a free agent with the Washington Wizards.

"Khem has a great chance of making their roster," said Mike George, Birch's agent.

Birch plans to play in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas from July 11 to 21. One of his Wizards teammates will be former UNR point guard Deonte Burton, who also went undrafted.

Both players appear to only be under contract through the Summer League, meaning that any team can swoop up and grab them if they play well in Las Vegas. As an example, Ian Clark, last year's Summer League MVP with the Warriors, parlayed that into a guaranteed deal with the Utah Jazz. Nevertheless, Birch and Burton will get some time in the Wizards' system for proper evaluation.

Burton is a point guard that transferred from Marquette to Nevada and fared extremely well last season. He was ranked 40th on Tyler Lashbrook's big board; only Arizona State's Jahil Carson was ranked higher among undrafted players. Here's a scouting report.


Birch started out at Pittsburgh, then transferred to UNLV, where he averaged a double double in his junior season. He was ranked 57th on Lashbrook's Big Board. He didn't fulfill the promise many felt when he was a top high school recruit, but he nevertheless won two Mountain West defensive player of the year awards. He doesn't seem to be much of a scorer, but he has interesting tools as a rebounder. Here's more of a scouting report.

We'll update with more Summer League signings as we find them.

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