UCLA basketball 7’0″ center Thomas Welsh has been selected to participate in the training camp for the USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team. The announcement came yesterday as 24 players from across the country were named to the list that will eventually be trimmed down to 12 for the FIBA U19 World Championships which will take place in Greece on from June 27-July 5.
As for the training camp, it will take place in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the United States Training Center from June 12-26. The U19 team will be coached by Arizona head coach Sean Miller.
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This opportunity should help Welsh improve his game which will be much needed for the 2015-16 season where he will be expected to be one of the top rebounders on the team and one of the biggest threats under the basket for the Bruins.
Coming in as a 5-star product out of Loyola High School in Los Angeles, Welsh came to UCLA to help bolster the front court that had been thin the year before. This past season, Welsh had 3.8 points and rebounds per game coming off the bench in support of Tony Parker. He also led the team in blocks with 1.08 per game.
Though it took a few games for Welsh to get into the groove of college basketball, he eventually made some huge contributions during his freshman year. Welsh had a season-high in points with 14 against Montana State and a season-high in rebounds with 9 against Colorado.