What a week it has been for 7-foot center Thomas Welsh of Los Angeles Loyola. On Wednesday, the UCLA-bound Welsh was selected to play in the McDonald's All American Game, quite an achievement for someone who didn't start on junior varsity as a freshman or on varsity as a sophomore.
"It was euphoric and an amazing accomplishment for an amazing young man," Coach Jamal Adams said. "T is the ultimate grinder. He shows up with a lunch pail every day."
He also has become one of the elite center prospects in California. On Friday night, with his team trailing by one point to West Hills Chaminade in the third quarter, Welsh dived for a loose ball and forced a held ball. That helped ignite a 10-0 run and sent the Cubs to a 54-41 victory in a Mission League game at Chaminade.
"That's why he's an All-American," Adams said.
Said Welsh: "It's a big game. I was trying to do everything to help the team win."
He finished with 15 points and 18 rebounds in giving Adams his 200th career coaching victory. Loyola improved to 21-1 and 7-1 in league and avenged its only defeat. Chaminade dropped to 16-4 and 4-3.