A two-time Indiana state champion and first-team all-state player, 6-foot-9 forward Ryan Welage, signed a National Letter-of-Intent to compete for the San José State men's basketball team beginning with the 2015-16 season. Spartans' head coach Dave Wojcik made the announcement.
"We are excited to welcome Ryan to the Spartan family," Wojcik said. "There is an easy way to describe Ryan - a winner. His career record in high school of 98-7 speaks to the impact Ryan makes on successful basketball teams. He has learned from two tremendous coaches in Stacy Meyer (Greensburg HS) and Pat Mullin (Eric Gordon All-Stars). We believe that the basketball IQ and skill level that he has developed in high school will carry over and help San Jose State win many basketball games moving forward."
Welage helped establish a championship-level culture in his four years at Greensburg (Ind.) Community High School. The Pirates were section champions all four seasons with Welage, and brought home back-to-back Class 3A State Championships in 2013 and 2014.
Welage broke Greensburg's single-season scoring record while leading the team to its fourth consecutive East Indiana Athletic Conference (EIAC) championship in 2014-15.
He finished his senior season averaging 30.8 points and 13.7 rebounds per game. The 2014-15 EIAC Most Valuable Player was selected first-team all-state by both the Associated Press and the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA).
Adding to his scoring resume, Welage took down a 47-year old single-game school record when he poured in 47 points in a win over South Decatur on January 24.
Success for Welage stretches beyond the hardwood. This year, the IBCA recognized him as a First-Team Academic All-State senior honoree.
"Ryan will come to San Jose State and immediately make a positive impact on the culture of our basketball team," Wojcik added. "His work ethic, discipline, and maturity will continue to help us make great strides as a program. Ryan is not only an outstanding basketball player, but he is a person that will have a great influence on others in the classroom and community."
Welage is the third high school senior to sign a NLI to represent SJSU in 2015-16. He joins 6-foot-8 forward Cody Schwartz (De Pere, Wisc.), and 6-foot-7 forward Brandon Clarke (Phoenix, Ariz.).