Men’s Basketball to Play in 2017 Wooden Legacy

Nov. 24, 2016

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State is one of eight schools set to participate in the 2017 Wooden Legacy. The Aztecs are returning to the tournament for a second time after winning the championship in 2013.

Joining SDSU in Orange County will be Cal State Fullerton, which is serving as the host, DePaul, Georgia, Harvard, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Mary’s and Washington State.

Similar to 2013, the first two days of the tournament, Nov. 23-24, will be played at CSUF’s on-campus home, Titan Gym. The third and final day (Nov. 26), will move to Anaheim and Honda Center.

The Wooden Legacy was formed in June 2013 as two vibrant, nationally-recognized in-season collegiate basketball events joined forces as the John R. Wooden Classic was merged with the Anaheim Classic that had been played the previous six years (2007-2012) at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Wooden Classic was staged 19 years (1994-2012) at Honda Center with the first 17 events being college doubleheaders.

The tournament named after the Hall-of-Fame coach will be the fifth Wooden event the Aztecs have participated in. San Diego State played Saint Mary’s in the Wooden Classic in 2007 and 2008, defeated UCLA in the final Classic back in 2012, and then took home the Wooden Legacy title in 2013.

SDSU has been linked to the Wooden name not only for playing in four previous events, but in the individual accomplishments of two Aztecs in Kawhi Leonard and Steve Fisher. Leonard was a Wooden Award All-American in 2011 and Fisher earned the 2015 John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award.

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