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Huskies to Play in Wooden Legacy Championship on Thanksgiving Night

Nov 24, 2022

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Washington (4-1) takes on Saint Mary's in the Paycom Wooden Legacy championship game on Thursday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. Eric Rothman and Corey Williams have the call on ESPN2 and Tony Castricone and Jason Hamilton will call the action on the Husky Sports Network, Sports Radio KJR-AM 950.
 
The Huskies and Gaels meet for the first time since the 2018 NIT Tournament and eighth time in history, with the Dawgs holding a 6-1 edge. Washington advanced to the final with a 62-57 win over Fresno State on Wednesday while Saint Mary's topped Vanderbilt. The Huskies won the Wooden Legacy in 2014 and last played on Thanksgiving Day in 2015.
 
A look at the 2022-23 Washington Huskies:

  • The Returners: Jamal Bey headlines the group as the leading returning scorer from a season ago. He ranks in the program's all-time top-10 in steals. Cole Bajema and PJ Fuller II played in all 32 games in 2021-22 while Langston Wilson factored into 28. 

 

  • Experienced Transfers: The Huskies added four transfers from Division I schools -- Keion Brooks Jr. (Kentucky), Franck Kepnang (Oregon), Braxton Meah (Fresno State) and Noah Williams (Washington State) -- that bring with them 10 combined years of high-level playing experience. The foursome enters the year having played in 278 games (112 starts). 

 

  • Signing Day: Four-star recruit Wesley Yates III (Beaumont, Texas/Beaumont United) signed a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 16, announcing his commitment to Washington. Yates is the 37th-ranked prospect on ESPN's Top-100. The signing continues the momentum built from last year's class, which includes the No. 1 rated player in the state of Washington, Tyler Linhardt (Seattle, Wash./King's HS) and guard Keyon Menifield Jr. (Mount Morris, Mich./Phoenix [Ariz.] Prep).

 

  • Head Coach Mike Hopkins (93-81 at UW/6th season): Hopkins is a two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year, winning the honor in each of his first two seasons with the Huskies as he led UW to back-to-back 20 win seasons with postseason appearances each year, including the NCAA Second Round in 2019. Hopkins has coached four McDonald's All-Americans and has mentored five players that have been selected in the first round of the NBA Draft. During his 22 years as an assistant at Syracuse, Hopkins was a part of teams that reached the NCAA Tournament 16 times including the 2003 National Championship team, four Final Four teams, five Elite Eights and ten Sweet 16s.

 
Season tickets, passes and single-game tickets are available.