PLAYA VISTA, Calif. -- Henry Welsh has some big shoes to fill. His older brother -- Thomas Welsh -- is a freshman at UCLA (who Henry watched this past Sunday against California), and left a big hole on a Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola team that the 6-foot-10, 235-pound 2016 prospect has to fill.
“I think, I just have to keep continuing to develop as a leader, because he was a great leader,” said the younger Welsh at the Jordan Take Flight Challenge on Jan. 3. “I need to fill that role, and protect the rim, make the shots that I get and take care of the ball.”
In the Take Flight Challenge, Welsh tallied 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting, including a three-pointer (his only three-point shot attempted), with five rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks, to boot.
Last year, the two brothers played together, an occurrence that has been more the exception than the rule for the pair.
“It was weird being on the same team, because we’ve always been two years apart, so we’ve never really played together. Being together was the weirder part than not,” said Henry.
That doesn’t mean that the older Welsh doesn’t want his younger brother to join him in Westwood.
“He always says he’s going to be the best recruiter in America,” Henry said. “It’s all joking. He knows that, wherever I want to go, he doesn’t have a problem with me going wherever’s the best fit for me.”
So far, UC Santa Barbara, Loyola (MD), Santa Clara and Colorado have been the most persistent recruiters, with California poking around, as well. What is the younger Welsh looking for in a college?
“Anywhere I can grow physically, mentally and spiritually,” Henry said. “I don’t know where, what coach or what region, but I’m open to it all.”