If you haven’t seen the Welburn twins on the basketball court, you are missing out on two up-and-coming New England prospects. For the first time, I saw them match up against each other at the Hoop Mountain Future Stars Showcase last Sunday (which confused me because I still struggle to tell them apart).
The Welburn’s are fascinating to evaluate because their games are entirely different but complement one another perfectly. Here is what I observed from both of them at last weekend’s basketball festivities.
Shannon Welburn || Wellesley || Bay State Jaguars || Combo Guard
Shea Welburn || Wellesley || Bay State Jaguars || Shooting Guard
Shannon Welburn (’26) is a fearless shot-taker and has improved as a space creator. From three especially, Shannon has extended her shooting range off the dribble, and I like her size as a primary scoring combo guard. She is tough, a relentless driver and finisher, and also will pound the boards. Shannon is a well-rounded offensive player who is ascending.
Shea Welburn (’26) does all the dirty work. She is physical inside and isn’t afraid to mix it up with bigger forwards. On Sunday, I thought she shined defensively. On the ball, Shea was low in her stance and closing off driving angles. Shea also can nail spot-up threes. She’s an impactful player, and it’s subtle. Shea might not fill up the stat sheet, but you need a player with her skill set to win games.