Full Name:
Jiri Welsch
Position:
Guard
College:
N/A
Height:
6-7 (2.02 m)
Weight:
208 (94 kg)
Team:
Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Birthdate:
January 27, 1980
Birthplace:
Pardubice, Czech Republic

Statistics

NBA DRAFT 2002
Selected in the first round (16th overall) by the Philadelphia 76ers ... Draft rights traded to Golden State Warriors for two future draft picks.

TEAM WORKOUTS/FEATURES
May 18: Q&A with Phoenix Suns


HIGHLIGHTS
One of the top prospects ever from the Czech Republic.
Scouting reports compliment his ability to play both backcourt spots.
Has demonstrated the ability to hit the three-point shot but is effective in driving to the basket.
Scouts praise his judgement to make the pass or take the shot.
Played three professional seasons in the Czech Republic before signing to play for Olimpija Ljubljana for the 2000-01 season.
Has stepped up into starting role for the 2001-02 season.
A member of the Czech National Team, he is a former member of the Czech Junior National Team and the Czech Under-22 National Team.

Enjoying an excellent season through 22 games for Olimpija Ljubljana in Slovenia.
Through 22 games, was 11th in the league in scoring with 15.5 ppg, playing an average of 25.7 minutes.
Also averaging 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
Scored season-high 22 points three times.
Hit for 22 in first meeting with KRKA Telecom, including 10-for-10 from the free throw line.
Matched season-high with 22 points against Bosna Sarajevo, shooting 8-for-12 from the field, including three three-point field goals.
In rematch with KRKA Telecom, again notched 22 points, shooting 7-for-12 from the field, including three three-point field goals.
Scored 20 points and added season-high six assists vs. Cibona VIP.

In his first season with Olimpija Ljubljana, came off the bench for much of the season, averaging 10.6 points and shooting 41.3 percent from three-point range.
Often backed up guard Sani Becirovic, one of top guard prospects in Europe.

In his final season in the Czech Republic in 1999-2000 with Sparta Praha, was one of the league’s top players.
Averaged 19.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

In 1998-99 in his debut with Sparta Praha in the Czech Republic, averaged 11.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

In 1997-98 with Pardubice in the Czech Republic, averaged 14.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals.

STATISTICS - Czech Republic
SEASON G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
1997-98 33   152 316 .481 127 156 .814 90 30 59   482 14.6
1998-99 30   98 189 .519 107 141 .759 75 47 42   354 11.8
1999-00 35   154 337 .457 219 276 .793 164 108 95   668 19.1
TOTALS 98   404 842 .480 453 573 .790 329 185 196   1504 15.3
Three-point field goals: 1997-98, 23-for-84 (.274); 1998-99, 53-for-148 (.358); 1999-00, 43-for-127 (.339). Totals: 179-for-526 (.340).

STATISTICS - Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia)
SEASON G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2000-01 28   86 154 .558 47 71 .662 68 37 39 0 297 10.6
2001-02 22   81 124 .653 95 114 .833 49 36 26 0 341 15.5
TOTALS 50   167 278 .601 142 185 .768 117 73 65   638 12.8
Three-point field goals: 2000-01, 26-for-63 (.413); 2001-02, 28-for-72 (.389). Totals: 54-for-135 (.400).