The Kentucky basketball team announced the addition of another player to its roster today, a walk-on who previously played at UC Irvine.
Riley Welch has enrolled at UK and will be a junior for the 2019-20 season with immediate eligibility. He joins freshman Brennan Canada and sophomore Zan Payne as the three walk-ons on Coach Cal’s bench.
“I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to be joining the greatest program in the history of college basketball,” Welch said in the press release from UK. “There is nothing better than University of Kentucky basketball and I still can’t believe how fortunate I am to be able to learn every day from a Hall of Fame coach as well as compete against the best players in the country day in and day out.”
At UC Irvine, Welsh appeared in 27 games as a true freshman and scored 14 points. He transferred to College of the Desert, the one-time home of former UK quarterback Stephen Johnson, for his sophomore season, in which he averaged 8.2 points 5.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Fun Fact: His father is John Welch, a longtime NBA assistant who has been with the Clippers since 2016.