Southern Inv Spotlight: Stefan Welsh

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Sophomore WG/PG Stefan Welsh made himself a national name at last month's Boo Williams tournament, and subsequently endeared himself to UNC fans by professing his love for the Tar Heels.

However, chasing the dream of playing in Chapel Hill has brought new pressure to the combo guard, and he's been struggling with his outside shot a bit since showing dead-eye range a month ago. Despite his struggles, Welsh knows he can still have a positive impact on his team. "Basically, I just try to refocus on the task at hand and get my teammates more involved so then I can play off of them," Welsh said. "I try not to force the issue, because if I force the issue that makes me, as well as my team, look bad."

Welsh, who sometimes appears smaller than he actually is on the court because of his teams' tremendous amount of all-around height, is every bit of 6-2 and may be close to 6-3. He's not a point guard yet, but with his usually-accurate outside shot failing him, Welsh focused on making plays for his teammates and had some success, even though his minutes were limited (as were most of Boo's starters) by their consistently large margins of victory.

Welsh realizes that the transformation into being a full-time lead guard is essential to drawing interest of major schools. "I'm working on staying low on my dribbles, my breakdown moves, and more consistency on my jump shot," he said. In his free time, Welsh added that he enjoys working on his game, lifting weights and playing video games, especially March Madness and NBA Live.

When it comes to colleges, Welsh has a high level of interest in the ACC. "North Carolina, Virginia Tech, UVA, Stanford, Indiana, Clemson, and Florida State are my favorite schools," Welsh said.

His eyes particularly lit up when speaking of the Tar Heels. "I've wanted to go there since I was young," Welsh said. "I'm attracted to Roy Williams' coaching style—I like the way they play up tempo, the way they get up and down and I love playing defense.

"My offensive game comes off my defensive game," Welsh added. "[UNC] plays 94 feet of defense, and that's the way I've been playing since I was brought into the high school system."

In addition to understanding what he needs to improve on the court, Welsh also recognizes what he needs to get done in the classroom to make it at some of the stronger academic schools on his list, including North Carolina. "I'm working on a 2.6 GPA right now," Welsh said. "I'm trying to get it up to a 3.0 so it will be easier to pass the SAT."

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