Wednesday, 07 March 2018 13:29

Welsh, Holiday Capture USBWA All-District IX Honors

USBWA’s Online News Release:



Two Bruins among 10 players on this season’s All-District IX team


Senior center Thomas Welsh and junior guard Aaron Holiday of the UCLA men’s basketball team have been named All-District IX selections by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), as announced on Tuesday.


Welsh and Holiday have been instrumental in the Bruins’ success this season, helping UCLA secure the No. 4 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament after having gone 20-10 overall in 30 regular-season games.


Holiday, a first-team All-Pac-12 selection, has averaged 20.1 points and 5.8 assists per game for the Bruins. He leads the Pac-12 in scoring, ranks second in assists, first in minutes per game (37.3) and third in three-point field goal percentage (43.9). Holiday was named a third-team All-America selection by Sporting News on Monday.


Welsh, a second-team All-Pac-12 selection, has totaled a team-high 16 double-doubles in 30 games. He has registered 12.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, starting all 30 games for UCLA. Welsh has shot 48.4 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from three-point territory after having only attempted one three-point shot prior to his senior season.


Holiday has already approached rare statistical territory in the Pac-12 Conference. Since the league began to consistently record assists in 1983-84, only five players have logged at least 20 points and five assists per game over the course of a full season. Holiday is currently on pace to become the sixth player to accomplish that feat.


In addition, UCLA has not had a player average at least 20 points per game since Ed O’Bannon logged 20.4 points per game as a senior in 1994-95.


Joining Welsh and Holiday on the All-District IX Team include Deandre Ayton and Allonzo Trier of Arizona, Tra Holder of Arizona State, Jock Landale of Saint Mary’s, Chimezie Metu and Jordan McLaughlin of USC, Reid Travis of Stanford and Johnathan Williams of Gonzaga.


Ayton was named as the District IX Player of the Year, while Gonzaga’s Mark Few was selected as the district’s Coach of the Year.

Seeded No. 4 in the Pac-12 Tournament, the Bruins will return to action against either No. 5-seed Stanford or No. 12-seed California on Thursday, March 8. Game time at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is 2:30 p.m. (PT).

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