José Luis Villegas / Bee file, 2008

Julian Welch was the leading scorer for Franklin as a senior and a junior.

Prep plus: Now and then with Julian Welch, Franklin

Published: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 8C
Last Modified: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 - 5:05 pm

The Bee's Jeff Caraska checks in on former Franklin high school basketball stand out, Julian Welch.

Julian Welch | Franklin High / Minnesota

• Now: The senior guard has played in all 17 games for the No. 9 Golden Gophers. He's averaging 14 minutes, yet is tied for third on the team with 30 assists. He has 16 steals. Welch went to Minnesota following one season at Yuba College and is one of seven players in Minnesota program history to have at least 300 points and 100 assists in a season (343 points, 105 assists last season).

Then: Welch was a first-team All-Metro player as a senior for Franklin in 2008. He averaged a team-high 25.1 points per game and led the Wildcats in steals with 69. He also led the Wildcats in scoring as a junior (18.2 points) and was second-team All-Metro.

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