Thomas Welsh says its been a ‘dream come true’ to play at UCLA

Thomas Welsh has had a remarkable career at UCLA and is now set on finishing out his senior year in a big way. Welsh is scheduled to play his final two home games for the Bruins this week as UCLA hosts Oregon State on Thursday and Oregon on Saturday.

Welsh, a senior and a finalist for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award given to the nation’s top center, is averaging 12.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game this season. The Bruins are 17-8 overall and 8-5 in conference, which places them second in the Pac-12.

While the ride isn’t quite over yet, Welsh said on Tuesday that his four years at UCLA have been nothing short of a dream.

“It’s been an incredible journey, really,” Welsh told Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times. “It’s been a dream come true to be able to be an L.A. kid and be able to play for UCLA with my parents coming to the games and all that. It’s really been special.”

UCLA is an incredibly storied program and you may be surprised to learn that Welsh is among the UCLA career leaders in some impressive categories. The senior ranks No. 3 in blocks (138), No. 6 in rebounds (935) and No. 14 field-goal percentage (54.2) in Bruins history.

As he prepares for his last game’s at UCLA, Welsh still remembers his first game for the Bruins and wants to make the most of his final days at the school.

“It’s a weird deal just because I remember my first game in here, an exhibition game, as a freshman like it was yesterday. The four years have flown by. It’s been an incredible ride and I’m just hoping to make the best [of it] this weekend.”


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