UCLA's Welsh named Pac-12 men's basketball player of the week

SAN FRANCISCO - UCLA sophomore Thomas Welsh recorded a pair of double-doubles in the Bruins’ two victories last week, including Thursday’s upset of then No. 1 Kentucky, to earn his first career Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week award as voted upon by media who cover the conference.

The 7-0 center from Redondo Beach, Calif., averaged 18.0 points on 65 percent shooting (15-23 FG), 10.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in two wins, spotlighted by a season-best 21-point, 11-rebound effort that led the Bruins to an 87-77 upset of the top-ranked Wildcats on Thursday. He went 8-of-11 from the floor and 5-of-6 at the foul line to propel UCLA to its 11th all-time victory against an AP No. 1 opponent.

Welsh followed that key performance with his third double-double of the season, totaling 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting and 10 boards in UCLA’s victory over Long Beach State on Sunday. He currently paces the Bruins and ranks sixth in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 62.8 percent while averaging 13.3 points and 7.1 rebounds.

UCLA (6-3), which has won three straight games, returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 12 when it travels to Spokane, Wash., to face No. 20 Gonzaga at 7 p.m. PT on ESPN2.

Half of the Pac-12’s 18-game schedule this week will take place on Saturday, highlighted by the Bruins battling the Bulldogs, ARIZONA STATE visiting No. 5 Kentucky (3:15 p.m. ET, ESPN), No. 25 UTAH at Wichita State (2:30 p.m. CT, ESPN2) and OREGON STATE taking on No. 2 Kansas in Kansas City, Mo. (7 p.m. CT, ESPN2). The week begins with No. 24 OREGON facing Navy in the inaugural Pearl Harbor Invitational on Monday (4:30 p.m. HT, FS1).

ALSO NOMINATED: Gabe York, ARIZ; Savon Goodman, ASU; Josh Scott, COLO; Tyrone Wallace, CAL; Dillon Brooks, ORE; Gary Payton II, OSU; Jakob Poeltl, UTAH; Dejounte Murray, WASH; Josh Hawkinson, WSU.

2015-16 PAC-12 MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

 Week of Player
Nov. 16 Tyrone Wallace, California
Nov. 23 Jakob Poeltl, Utah
Nov. 30 Andrew Andrews, Washington
Dec. 7 Thomas Welsh, UCLA