The UCLA basketball team continues to end the regular season on a high note as Aaron Holiday and Thomas Welsh have been named to the All-Pac-12. Additionally, Kris Wilkes was named to the All-Freshman team.
The good times continue to roll (and hope they continue rolling into the post-season) as the UCLA basketball team had three players named to All-Pac-12 teams. This comes two days after the Bruins defeated crosstown rival USC to get the season sweep and lock up a first round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament.
The Bruins’ veterans Aaron Holiday and Thomas Welsh were both named to the All-Pac-12 team (Holiday to the first team and Welsh to the second team), while Kris Wilkes made it to the All-Freshman team. Additionally, Holiday made it on the Pac-12 All-Defensive team.
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Holiday did it all for UCLA this season. Not only would he put the team on his back, but could single-handedly change the flow of a game. With UCLA down against USC this past weekend, Holiday erupted for 34 points in one of his most impressive scoring clinics this season. In conference play, Holiday leads all scorers with 20.1 ppg and is also second in the conference in assists with 5.8.
Welsh has been a double-double machine all season long as he averaged 12.7 ppg and 10.5 rpg and finished the season with 16 on the season (12th most in the NCAA). Like Holiday, the team heavily relied on his skill and experience of Welsh to lead them through the season. Per UCLABruins.com, he enters the Pac-12 Tournament tied for 5th in all-time rebounding with Don MacLean.
Wilkes has had an up-and-down season, but that is expected with freshmen, though it is a good thing he had more up games than down as he was second on the team in scoring with 14.0 ppg as he was both an efficient scorer in the paint and from behind the arc.
Individual awards will be handed out later and Holiday is a strong candidate for Pac-12 Player of the Year. With what he has done to keep UCLA’s head above water, there is no doubt he has made claim as the best player in the conference. Go Bruins!