San Jose State Freshman Ryan Welage Shines in Opening Loss
Ryan Welage scored 15 points in 5 of 10 shooting and secured 10 rebounds (4 offensive) in 28 minutes in his first game against Idaho. Yes, the Spartans lost 74-54 which is nothing new to long-suffering fans of the boys in blue but Welage provided some sunshine.
Welage is from Greensburg, Indiana and led his Greensburg Community High School team to back-to-back state championships his junior and senior season. He averaged 30 points and 13 rebounds his senior year which garnered him All-State recognition by both the press and coaches. The 6'9" 200 pound forward was also on a short list for the Mister Basketball award which, in Indiana, is a big deal.
Ryan needs to put on a few more pounds but I think the future is indeed bright for him as well as SJS basketball. Keep an eye on this kid.