Rising center interested in Arizona

2014 center Thomas Welsh is seeing his recruitment pick up. Read on to see how Arizona is involved, what he is looking for in a school, and more.

Numerous players helped their stock at the recent Pangos All-American Camp and none maybe as much as 2014 Loyola (Calif.) center Thomas Welsh, who was one of the most impressive players in attendance.

"Having watched Welsh every six months or so over the past two years, it's easy to see the advancements he's making in his game," Scout.com's Josh Gershon writes.

"He's much more confident in his offense than he was two years ago. At 7-feet tall, Welsh has a good set of hands, very good touch around the basket and is a capable shot maker from mid-range."

Welsh attributes his improvement to working hard, allowing him to build his confidence and proceed from there.

"Just shooting a lot," Welsh said. "I think as I get more coordinated, my confidence increases. Working with my coaches along the way has helped a lot."

His recruitment has picked up since the Pangos Camp, but his performance in the spring already had it going in a positive direction.

"It has been good," Welsh said of recruiting. "It has gotten more hectic, but it is still manageable. I am hearing from mostly the Pac-12 and WCC, but Cal, Stanford, and USC are the top three that I am hearing from the most."

The Wildcats have also entered the picture a bit and has the ability to use a unique pitch in Welsh's recruitment.

"Arizona has recruited me a little bit," he said. "I know my point guard Parker Cartwright-Jackson is going there. There are two shooters from my high schools, Trey Mason and Jacob Hazzard, and Arizona has a lot of Loyola guys.

"They are also a really good team. It would be nice to play with my teammates a little bit longer, so it is something that I would definitely look at."

In addition, Welsh also knows what he will be taking into account as he continues through the recruiting process.

"What I am looking for is athletics and academics in a school, so I am looking for a good combination of that," he said.

In terms of a decision, the 7-foot-0, 245-pound big man does not see him ending his recruitment any time soon.

"I don't exactly know," Welsh said of a timeline. "Most likely later on, nothing too soon. However, if I come to a point where I am confident in a school and really happy with it, I can make my decision then."


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