St. Bonaventure transfer guard Dominick Welch joins Alabama Crimson Tide
May 24, 2022
On Wednesday, the Alabama Crimson Tide secured the services of former St. Bonaventure guard Dominick Welch, who committed to the program following an official visit. On Monday, the University of Alabama announced that The 6-foot-5, 205-pound native of Buffalo, New York, would enter the program's signing class.
Head coach Nate Oats said he was excited to welcome Welch to the program. He noted that the player had a remarkable skill set and said he would be able to contribute immediately.
"We are excited to have Dom join our program. He is a versatile wing who has experience and can really score the ball. He was one of the top shooters in the A-10 leading the league in threes made per game last year, so we expect him to thrive in our system," Oats said.
Welch was one of the greatest three-point shooting threats in the Atlantic 10 last season. He grew up in Buffalo, which made for an easy connection with Oats. The 6-foot-5 guard is a four-year starter who will be given his playing time right away.
"Dom is originally from Buffalo, so we were able to make an immediate connection," Oats said. "He is also someone who is going to come in and earn his playing time. He's a four-year starter and has had a lot of success both from a team and an individual standpoint."
Welch has been an integral part of St. Bonaventure's success on and off the court. For example, he helped lead the Bonnies to 76 victories in the last four years.
"He has impacted winning in a big way, helping St. Bonaventure to 76 wins in the last four years which shows that he cares about doing what needs to be done to help his team win," Oats praised Welch.
Aside from being a versatile player, Welch has many to offer to the program. He is a young man who can make plays off the court and is an excellent fit for the system.
During his four years with the Bonnies, Welch started 105 games. He helped his team reach the NCAA Tournament in 2021. He also led the team to an Atlantic 10 Championship.
Welch averaged over 12.3 points and six rebounds per game during the season. Unfortunately, the Bonnies lost in the NIT semifinals to eventual champion Xavier. For his career, the combo guard contributed over 10.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
New roster look
According to the 247Sports composite rankings, the Alabama men's basketball team is currently in the top five in the country in terms of recruiting. The team received a commitment from Mark Sears, a transfer from Ohio. The program also received good news from incoming freshman Jahvon Quinerly, who decided to stay in Tuscaloosa and play for the team next season. With the addition of Welch and Quinerly, the program now has four McDonald's All-Americans on its roster.
This season, the roster will be different due to the departure of several players, including JD Davison, Keon Ellis, and Jaden Shackelford. Other reserve players such as James Rojas and Juwan Gary have also transferred.
That being said, the program added several talented individuals during its last recruiting process. Alabama signed five players, two of whom were McDonald's All-Americans Brandon Miller and Jaden Bradley.