Huskies to Play in Wooden Legacy Championship on Thanksgiving Night
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.