Mountain Lions to retire Alex Welsh basketball jersey No. 25

Alex Welsh against Colorado Christian
Alex Welsh against Colorado Christian Jan. 16, 2016.

UCCS men’s basketball alumnus Alex Welsh will have his No. 25 jersey number retired during a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 8, during the Mountain Lions basketball doubleheader against MSU Denver in Gallogly Events Center.

The women’s game against the Roadrunners will start at 5:30 p.m., with the men’s game to follow at approximately 7:30 p.m. Immediately following the women’s game, Welsh will have his number retired and hung from the south end of Gallgoly Events Center, next to teammate Derrick White (2012-13 to 2014-15). White, who is currently a starter for the San Antonio Spurs, had his No. 14 retired last February.

“Alex is definitely one of the all-time greats in UCCS basketball history,” said Jeff Culver, head men’s basketball coach. “He had the ability to take over games with his dynamic skill sets. I really enjoyed coaching Alex, and we are all very excited about celebrating his outstanding career at UCCS.”

The all-time scoring leader and all-time rebounding leader in program history, Welsh played for the Mountain Lions from 2012-13 to 2015-16. A four-year member of the program, he played in 117 career games and recorded 1,947 points and 884 rebounds. He received his business degree from UCCS in May 2016.

A 6-foot-7 forward from Westminster, Colorado, and a product of Pomona High School, Welsh earned Division II Bulletin All-America Honorable Mention accolades in 2016. A Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association and National Association Basketball Coaches All-South Central Region team selection, Welsh competed in the Reese’s Division II All-Star game in 2016. He was named to the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference First Team in 2015 and 2016, and All-RMAC Second Team as a sophomore. He helped the Mountain Lions win their first RMAC Tournament Championship in 2015 and was named to the RMAC All-Tournament Team in 2014 and 2015.

Welsh nearly averaged a double-double during his career. His 16.6 points per game is the fifth highest scoring average at UCCS, and his 7.6 rebounds per game is the third highest.

As a senior, Welsh tallied 688 points and 292 rebounds, the second most by any Mountain Lion in one season. He also dished out 223 assists, ranking him sixth all-time at the time of his graduation.

He scored a career high 41 points on Jan. 20, 2016, against New Mexico Highlands University, the sixth most ever in a game. On two different occasions, he pulled down 17 rebounds, ranking the sixth most recorded in a single game.

The basketball doubleheader on Feb. 8 is also the Mountain Lions annual “Black Out” night. The first 1,000 UCCS students to the games will receive a free “Black Out” t-shirt.

–by Sarah Meier, associate athletic director for external relations

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