Alabama basketball lands St. Bonaventure transfer Dominick Welch

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama basketball has added its second player from the transfer portal in St. Bonaventure's Dominick Welch. 

The 6-foot-5, 205 pound guard announced Wednesday he will be transferring to the Crimson Tide for his fifth season of college basketball.

Welch averaged 12.3 points, 6 rebounds and 1.6 assists during the 2021-22 season with the Bonnies. He played in 33 games and averaged 37.5 minutes to go with 1.3 steals and 0.6 blocks per game. He was named the Atlantic 10 player of the week in late February. 

Prior to his four years at St. Bonaventure, Welch played for the Spire Institute, a prep school in Ohio during the 2017-18 season. That year, he averaged 18 points and 6.2 rebounds over 29 games .He was named the conference player of the year. 

He's from Buffalo, New York, and was a video production major at St. Bonaventure. 

Welch is the second transfer Alabama has added this offseason after Ohio guard Mark Sears. The Crimson Tide now has one remaining scholarship open for the 2022-23 roster. 

But before the addition of Welch, Alabama only had 10 healthy scholarship players (with Jahvon Quinerly returning from an ACL tear). Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats said the team is hoping Quinerly can return by conference play. 

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"We need to add at least one," Oats said at the Regions Tradition Pro-Am in early May. "We don’t have to play 13 guys, but we’d like to add at least one, if not both of those open scholarships."

Alabama has added one in Welch, and time will reveal if the Crimson Tide ends up adding another. 

The roster will look quite different this season. Gone are guards Jaden Shackelford, Keon Ellis and JD Davison. Other reserve players such as Juwan Gary and James Rojas have transferred. 

But Alabama has added plenty of talented players, too. The Crimson Tide signed five players in its 2022 recruiting class, ranked No. 3 in the 247Sports Composite. Its the highest ranked class in program history. featuring two five-star McDonald's All-Americans in Jaden Bradley and Brandon Miller. 

Nick Kelly covers Alabama football and men's basketball for The Tuscaloosa News, part of the USA TODAY Network. Reach him at nkelly@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter: @_NickKelly