About Thomas Welsh
Thomas Welsh is a true 7-footer who slowly grew from a midrange threat into a viable floor spacer over his four-year college career. A consensus top-50 prospect in the high school class of 2014, Welsh played sparingly as a freshman before emerging as a regular starter as a sophomore nearly averaging a double-double. After playing a prominent role as a junior on the Lonzo Ball led team that made it to the Sweet 16, Welsh declared for the 2017 NBA Draft and attended the NBA Draft Combine before withdrawing his name from consideration before the deadline. Welsh took a significant step forward as a senior to earn All-Pac-12 Second Team Honors averaging 12.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game while shooting 40% from beyond the arc on 3.4 attempts per game in his first season stepping beyond out beyond the arc with any kind of frequency.
- Measured 7’0.5 in shoes with a 7’0 wingspan and strong 254-pound frame at the 2017 NBA Draft Combine. Has nice size for a center, but lacks a degree of length. Not the most explosive athlete, but plays with a solid motor.
- Filled a key rotation role his senior season for a UCLA team that had to replace a lot of production. Provided efficient production using his size in the post and with his shooting touch in spot up and pick & pop situations while seldom trying to do too much.
- Pretty intense defender whose size allows him to hold his own inside. Allowed 0.688 points per Spot Up possession [75th percentile] showing a willingness to bang down low. Not overwhelmingly long or quick off his feet to protect the rim prolifically, but will help out on the glass by boxing out and rebounding his area. Makes an effort to slide his feet away from the rim, but has room to improve as a perimeter and pick & roll defender.