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Kentucky Adds Another Player To 2019-20 Basketball Roster

A general view of Kentucky's basketball court.

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 30: A general view of Rupp Arena during the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Boston University Terriers on November 30, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Kentucky's 2019 recruiting class may be finalized, but John Calipari apparently isn't done adding players to the roster. This week the Wildcats added one more player: point guard Riley Welch.

In an official statement from the team, the Wildcats announced that Welch will be joining the team as a walk-on. Per the announcement, he will be listed as a junior and is immediately eligible.

Welch's last foray into Division I basketball came with UC-Irvine in the 2017-18 season. He recorded 14 points in 27 games in his freshman season.

Last year Welch played for College of the Desert, where he averaged 8.2 points, 5.0 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game.

Welch had a statement of his own, expressing his delight in joining Kentucky and learning under Coach Cal.

"I can't even begin to describe how excited I am to be joining the greatest program in the history of college basketball," Welch said. "There is nothing better than University of Kentucky basketball and I still can't believe how fortunate I am to be able to learn every day from a Hall of Fame coach as well as compete against the best players in the country day in and day out."

Welch is the third walk-on to join the Wildcats, along with freshmen Brennan Canada and Zan Payne.

The addition of Welch gives Kentucky 13 players for the 2019-20 season.

Welch has a strong basketball pedigree. His father, John Welch, played basketball for Nevada and UNLV. He now serves as an assistant for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Coach Cal has known the Welch family for a long time, and complemented Riley as being "a gym rat."

As far as scholarship players go, Kentucky's roster should be set after target N'Faly Dante's recent commitment to Oregon.