Ally Welch didn’t waste too much time before committing to play basketball for Mercer University.
The 5-foot-10 South Forsyth rising junior was offered on June 21 and committed to the school on Tuesday. She said she felt the time was right to commit to the Lady Bears.
"It started when I went to an elite camp down there," Welch said. "They looked at me there and they wanted me back, so on my way down to another elite camp down in Florida, I stopped at Mercer again and did a campus tour and saw some of the dorms and met some of the players there and talked to the coaches some more."
Welch, a small forward, averaged 6.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.7 steals per game. Her highest scoring total last season was against Forsyth Central, when she racked up 16 points and gathered in 12 rebounds in a close 40-35 victory.
South head coach Keith Gravitt was proud of Welch’s decision and thinks she has the ability to make a solid contribution to Mercer.
"She’s really excited and I think that’s always been a goal of hers — to be a Division I basketball player," Gravitt said. "She sees it as a goal and a dream and I just couldn’t be more excited for her and excited about seeing her continue to improve because she has all the ability in the world."
Although Welch will continue to play in the post for the Lady War Eagles, she will move to a guard position at Mercer.
"I’m not going to be able to play in the post in college, obviously with my size, so I’d rather stay out and work on my shot more," Welch said. "I’ve had to play inside for so long I haven’t had the chance to practice it with the team and stuff."
While Welch wasn’t pressed to make a commitment now, she’s confident she made the right choice.
"I didn’t have to make a commitment now, but I felt confident in the school and I loved the coaching staff and so I just didn’t think waiting was necessary," she said.