Center Thomas Welsh picked for USA Basketball U19 training camp

UCLA center Thomas Welsh  is one of 24 players participating in the USA Basketball U19 training camp. He is pictured here stretches before a practice on Oct. 14, 2014, at the Student Activities Center. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff)

UCLA center Thomas Welsh is one of 24 players participating in the USA Basketball U19 training camp. He is pictured here stretches before a practice on Oct. 14, 2014, at the Student Activities Center. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff)

UCLA center Thomas Welsh could have a chance to represent his country this summer.

The 7-footer was one of 24 players picked to participate in 2015 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team training camp, which will take place June 12-26. Held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, the event will determine which 12 players are selected for the U19 national team, one that will play in Greece from June 27 to July 5.

Welsh, who will be a sophomore in the 2015-16 season, averaged 3.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in his first season for the Bruins. A former McDonald’s All-American showed spurts of promise, scoring 14 points in UCLA’s season-opening 113-78 win over Montana State. In a round-of-64 upset of fifth-seeded SMU, he had six rebounds and four blocks, and was on the floor in the final minutes in place of junior Tony Parker.

Unsurprisingly for a young big man, Welsh struggled at times with foul trouble, committing 6.0 fouls per 40 minutes. The center also took 59.1 percent of his shots on 2-point jumpers, nearly double the team average.

The U19 team will be coached by Arizona’s Sean Miller. He will be assisted by his younger brother, Dayton’s Archie Miller, and Providence’s Ed Cooley.

See the full roster below:

Tyus Battle — G, 6-5, 190, 17 — St. Bernard’s School (Gladstone, N.J.)
Justin Bibbs — G, 6-5, 200, 19 — Virginia Tech
Isaiah Briscoe — G, 6-3, 215, 19 — Kentucky signee
Jalen Brunson — G, 6-2, 190, 18 — Villanova signee
Brekkott Chapman — F, 6-9, 205, 19 — Utah
Vince Edwards — F, 6-8, 223, 19 — Purdue
Jawun Evans — G, 6-0, 180, 18 — Oklahoma St. signee
Terrance Ferguson — G, 6-7, 185, 18 — Prime Prep Academy (Dallas)
Harry Giles — F, 6-10, 215, 17 — Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.)
Josh Jackson — F, 6-8, 210, 18 — Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.)
Riley LaChance — G, 6-2, 180, 19 — Vanderbilt
T.J. Leaf — F, 6-9, 210, 18 — Foothills Christian HS (Lakeside, Calif.)
Silas Melson — G, 6-4, 178, 18 — Gonzaga
Malik Monk — G, 6-4, 185, 17 — Bentonville (Ark.) HS
Chinanu Onauku — F, 6-10, 240, 18 — Louisville
Eric Paschall — G, 6-6, 220, 18 — Villanova
L.J. Peak — F, 6-5, 206, 19 — Georgetown
Malik Pope — F, 6-10, 210, 18 — San Diego State
Diamond Stone — C, 6-10, 255, 18 — Maryland signee
Caleb Swanigan — C, 6-9, 250, 18 — Purdue signee
Jayson Tatum — G/F, 6-9, 200, 17 — Chaminade College Prep (St. Louis, Mo.)
Allonzo Trier — G, 6-4, 195, 19 — Arizona signee
Thomas Welsh — C, 7-0, 240, 19 — UCLA
Seventh Woods — G, 6-2, 180, 16 — Hammond School (Columbia, S.C.)

Ages are as of the last day of the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship on July 5, 2015.

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  • MPPBruin

    I like his game.

  • ProbationU

    Great opportunity for him. His game is improving and he will be an important part of the team over the next few years.

    • Tommy B Low Us

      I’d like to see him work on his quickness. He has this mid speed glide and not a faster gear.

      • ProbationU

        It has improved but it will never be great. I would like to see him improve with his back to the basket.