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At 7 feet, UCLA's Thomas Welsh may be a factor against Chanticleers
At 7 feet, UCLA's Thomas Welsh may be a factor against Chanticleers

Thomas Welsh is hard to miss on the basketball court. In UCLA's opening game on Friday, the stringy 7-footer pumped his fist after most baskets. His limbs flew every which way as he bounded up and down the court. And yes, he did try to bank a free throw. Watching the attempt, the bench started laughing. "Free throws," UCLA Coach Steve Alford advised him when Welsh came off the floor, "that's a tough bank angle." Welsh played only 13 minutes in UCLA's opening game on Friday, yet in a game in which Norman Powell overpowered, Bryce Alford pulled the strings and Kevon Looney was as advertised, Welsh might have stolen the show. He will be one to watch...

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