The 7-foot Welsh averaged 10.8 points and a team-leading 8.7 rebounds per game as a junior in 2016-17.
“Thomas has worked hard all spring,” Alford said. “We supported him testing the NBA waters and are excited to have him returning for his senior year. He simply continues to develop each and every season. Thomas will be one of the top centers in college basketball next year and, undoubtedly, has a great chance to be a first-round pick in next season’s draft.”
In addition to leading the Bruins in rebounds per game last season, Welsh also led the team in blocked shots (43) for the third consecutive season. He will enter his senior year ranking No. 5 on the school’s all-time blocks list (114).
The 6-1 Holiday averaged 12.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game as a sophomore in 2016-17.
“It goes without saying that we’re thrilled to have Aaron back for his junior season,” Alford said. “He played a major role in our success last season, and we’re going to rely on him in a big way as we move forward. He’s a team-first guy and a high-character individual. Aaron’s prepared to make even greater strides as a junior, and we can’t wait to see him to continue to develop.”
UCLA also has the No. 3-ranked recruiting class in 2017 per ESPN.com. The six-man class includes point guard Jaylen Hands, shooting guard LiAngelo Ball, small forward Kris Wilkes and Chris Smith, power forward Cody Riley and center Jalen Hill.