Sources: Thomas Welsh, Nuggets’ second-round pick, to sign a two-way contract

UCLA Bruins center Thomas Welsh (40) talks to media during practice before the First Four of the NCAA Tournament at Dayton Arena.
Mar 12, 2018; Dayton, OH, USA; UCLA Bruins center Thomas Welsh (40) talks to media during practice before the First Four of the NCAA Tournament at Dayton Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski -USA TODAY Sports

According to league sources, Thomas Welsh, the Denver Nuggets second-round pick hailing from UCLA, has agreed to a two-way contract with the team.

Welsh, who is described as, “a spread five that makes shots, rebounds, and is a very bright kid,” by Nuggets President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly, has caught the eye of the Nuggets front office enough to keep him around for the coming year.

Welsh was a four-year center at UCLA and improved every season. His career arc culminated into a solid senior year where he averaged 12.6 points, 10.8 rebound, and 1.4 assists on 48.5 percent shooting from the floor and a scalding 40.2 percent from three-point range.

Welsh has also already been impressing the Nuggets coaching staff. Denver is currently in the midst of their Summer League camp as the team get ready for Las Vegas and Nuggets’ Summer League coach, Jordi Fernandez, has spoken very highly of him to this point. When Fernandez was asked what has stood out when watching Welsh play, this was his answer:

“The ultimate and best teammate so far,” Fernandez explained. “Four years of college, he knows everything, and he seems older even though the NBA is new to him. He understands everything and is talking to everybody. He is always here doing his work. He seems like an NBA vet to me.”

Now, all that is left is waiting to see what Welsh can do when the Nuggets tip off for their first game of Summer League on Friday night.

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