UCLA Bruins stars to return for 2017-2018 season

UCLA Bruins stars to return for 2017-2018 season

Bruins fans, you can breathe a sigh of relief and smile. Bruins nation caught a break and can look forward to next season again. After star freshman Lonzo Ball, T.J. Leaf and Ike Anigbogu declared to the NBA draft with an agent, all three will be first round picks, the Bruins fans held their breathe as point guard Aaron Holiday and center Thomas Welsh both declared for the NBA draft but without an agent. The two were going to test the waters, get feedback and make a decision best for themselves and their families.

Well, they made the decision. Both, Welsh and Holiday will be returning to the Bruins next season. Two big time players the Bruins will be returning.

After moving to the bench to be the sixth man this season after Lonzo Ball committed to the Bruins, Aaron Holiday will be returning as the starting point guard for this Bruins team. Going into his junior year, Holiday has averaged 11.4 ppg and 4.2 apg for his career. However, I expect those numbers to keep improving and find his way on the draft boards after his junior campaign

Thomas Welsh has been an anchor for the Bruins. Welsh is going into his senior season and has 61 career starts under his belts in 99 career games. In those games he’s averaging 8.4 ppg and 6.8 rpg. A very solid, prototypical college center who has made a legacy with UCLA and him returning will continue that legacy.

The Bruins have a solid recruiting class coming in headlined by G Jalyen Hand (#19 recruit according to ESPN), SF Kris Wilikes (#24), PF Cody Riley (#42), C Jalen Hill (#46) and the second Ball brother LiAngelo Ball.

The Bruins have a solid team returning. They are not as experienced as they were last year, and won’t finish with the same 31-5 record as last year, but with Holiday and Welsh leading the charge, the Bruins can easily finish in the top 3 of the Pac 12 and look to make the second weekend in March.

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