UCLA’s Thomas Welsh named to Pac-12 All-Academic second team

UCLA center Thomas Welsh is the first Bruin named to a Pac-12 All-Academic team since 2010. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff Archive)

UCLA center Thomas Welsh is the first Bruin named to a Pac-12 All-Academic team since 2010. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff Archive)

Thomas Welsh has been named to the Pac-12 All-Academic second team, becoming the first UCLA men’s basketball player to receive such honors since 2010.

The sophomore center maintained a 3.18 GPA in economics while averaging 11.2 points and 8.5 rebounds this past season. He led the team with 10 double-doubles, but head coach Steve Alford never found a way to best utilize both him and senior big man Tony Parker in the same lineup en route to a 15-17 record.

Welsh is the first Bruin to win conference academic honors since Mustafa Abdul-Hamid, a little-used reserve who earned a first-team nod with a 3.81 GPA in global studies. Malcolm Lee made the second team behind him that same season.

  • Richard Gottlieb

    Surely you mean “basketball” Bruin!?

  • MPPBruin

    Seems like a good kid. Nice representative for our university.

    • 88 Straight

      Maybe they can start passing him the ball too!

      • gotroy22

        He seemed to fade at the end of the year, but overall was a good player for the ruins.

        • 88 Straight

          He is a solid player. Shoots nearly 60%, but they seldom feed him. Needs to develop a stronger post game, but may ot feel the need since they never fed the post all year!

          • gotroy22

            Why won’t they pass him the ball?

          • 88 Straight

            Bad coaching.

          • gotroy22

            Oh I thought it was the same reason they wouldn’t pass to Jason Kapono…

  • j metaphor

    This year The Post was a place where offensive opportunities went to die. You may have noticed that when it went in to Parker, he was like the Roach Motel, once it went in, it never, ever came back out to a shooter. Hard to run an offense with him in the middle. Welsh, on the other hand either took a quick shot or got it to a shooter. He needs to get mean this off season.

    • Bigwoof1

      I’ve always called it a ‘Black Hole’ but ‘Roach Motel’ is even better.

  • j metaphor

    And the list for the rest of the All-Academic team, Jackie?