UCLA Basketball Recruiting: Grades from 2014 McDonald's All-American Game

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistApril 3, 2014

McDonald's East All-American Kevon Looney, of Milwaukee, Wis., competes in the three-point shootout during the McDonald's All-American Jam Fest at the University of Chicago in Chicago, on Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
Andrew Nelles

For fans of UCLA basketball, Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Game was a bit disappointing because the two Bruins commits combined for 19 minutes and six points. 

Center Thomas Welsh and forward Kevon Looney were not the biggest names on the rosters, and everyone knew that going in, but they didn't get a fair shake because of how well others on their respective teams played. 

Despite not playing much, there were some things to judge from the time the two spent on the court. 

Continue reading below for analysis of both players' nights at the United Center.


Kevon Looney: B

Looney may have played just 11 minutes for the East team, but he made his presence known on the glass. 

The forward from Milwaukee's Hamilton High School snagged 11 rebounds, four of which were on the offensive end. 

Looney tied Kansas recruit and East teammate Cliff Alexander for the most rebounds in the game won by the West. 

The rebounding prowess shown in such a small span of time gave Bruins fans a glimpse of just how good Looney could be next season. 

With Kyle Anderson and the Wear twins, Travis and David, leaving the program, head coach Steve Alford will rely on Looney to pick up the slack on the glass in his first collegiate season, something he proved he was capable of doing on Wednesday. 


Thomas Welsh: C

Welsh did not make a huge impact for the West team, and he had a bit of trouble defending the likes of Karl Towns and Alexander, who were two of the most dominant players on the court. 

The 7-footer from Loyola High School in Redondo Beach, Calif., picked up two personal fouls in eight minutes, and he failed to take a single shot. 

Welsh battles down low with Karl Towns of the East team.
Welsh battles down low with Karl Towns of the East team.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Welsh pulled down just two rebounds and swatted away two shots, but overall, it was an unsuccessful night for Welsh, as his fellow frontcourt member for the 2014-15 season stole the headlines. 

Eight minutes is a small sample size, which means we may not have seen the best of the center on Wednesday night. 

He will have a role in the UCLA rotation next season because of the departure of the trio of paint players, but Tony Parker and Looney will be in front of him on the depth chart.

Expect Welsh to come off the bench to start the season, but he could easily find his way into the starting lineup if he plays well.


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