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Collin Welp is a star forward at UC Irvine and is one of the best players in the Big West conference. Last season he averaged 13 points and 6 boards per game and shot 44% from 3. This led to him being a 1st Team All-Big West selection. He led the conference in win shares and was 2nd in player efficiency rating. I was able to have a conversation with Collin recently on some really interesting topics. Below is the full interview:
Q: How has the Coronavirus affected your ability to workout this off-season? Have you still been in the gym a ton, or not so much?
A: “After the season ended I flew home and I’ve got pretty much everything I need here. I have a gym close to my house and I have some weights in my garage so I’m definitely grateful I haven’t been affected that much basketball wise.”
Q: If the season didn’t get canceled, do you think you guys would’ve won the Big West and if so how far do you think you would’ve gone in the big dance?
A: “I definitely think we would have won the Big West Tournament. I think we were hitting our stride at the right time and we had really good senior leadership that would help get us where we wanted to go. As for the NCAA tournament It’s hard to say. After the success we had the year before our goal was never just to make the tournament but to advance so I think we could have had a chance.”
Q: What part of your game are you focusing on improving the most this off-season?
A: “I’d say i’m working most on my game in the mid/low post, extending my range and becoming a more consistent shooter, and a little ball handling.”
Q: What has been your favorite memory or game in your college career so far?
A: “My favorite memory is probably beating Kansas State in the NCAA tournament. It’s always been a goal of mine to play in the NCAA tournament and winning the game as a 13 seed made it that much better.”
Q: What was the craziest environment you’ve played in during your college career so far?
A: “Probably playing at the SAP center in San Jose for the NCAA tournament. It was surreal playing in front of all those people and being part of march madness.”
Q: What’s it like playing for Coach Turner?
A: “Coach Turner is a great coach. He gives all his players the confidence to be who we are on the court within our system and I think that has helped me be successful.”
Q: What are your goals for next season?
A: “Just to continue the success we’ve had as a team. Hopefully win the Big West again and make a run in the NCAA tournament.”