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UCLA's Aaron Holiday And Thomas Welsh Are Both Returning To School

UCLA will welcome back two underclassmen who had previously declared for the NBA Draft.

UCLA guard Aaron Holiday and big man Thomas Welsh are both coming back to Westwood for the 2017-18 season.

Holiday and Welsh originally declared for the 2017 NBA Draft, but did so without hiring agents. This enabled them to retain their eligibility.

UCLA basketball's official Twitter account confirmed the news this afternoon.

Welsh will be the only returning starter from the Bruins' Sweet 16 team. He averaged 10.8 points and a team-high 8.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game last year. Welsh also converted 89 percent of his free throws.

Holiday, meanwhile, 12.3 points, 4.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 41 percent from three-point range and 79 percent from the foul line.

The Bruins still have to replace starters Lonzo Ball, T.J. Leaf, Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton. Ike Anigbogu, a key post player off the bench, is also heading to the NBA Draft.

However, Holiday, Welsh and rugged reserve big man Gyorgy Goloman form a solid nucleus, and the Bruins have a top-five recruiting class coming in. That haul could get even better if four-star guard M.J. Walker commits tomorrow.