Boys' basketball: Loyola officially has its first 7-footer in Thomas Welsh
Junior center Thomas Welsh of Los Angels Loyola is officially breathing the rarefied air reserved for 7-footers.
Last week, Loyola measured its players with their shoes on, and Welsh came in just over 7 feet, Coach Jamal Adams said. Last season he was listed at 6-11.
There was no screaming or yelling in the Welsh home. They and lots of other people already knew he had reached 7 feet in his size 17 shoes. And everyone seems to be tall in the Welsh family. His younger brother, Henry, is a 6-8 freshman at Loyola.
But Welsh likes being a 7-footer.
"It's something I've always talked about, 'Yeah, I'm going to be 7-feet tall one day,'" he said.
Most importantly, he keeps improving as a basketball player. He continues to make giant strides in strength and agility. He's dunking the ball much more easily. And few work harder on and off the court.
-- Eric Sondheimer