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Long Beach State

After starting the 2013-14 season 1-9, the 49ers won 13 of their last 20 games to finish the regular season with a 14-16 record. Guard Tyler Lamb, a UCLA transfer and now a rising senior, had an immediate impact last season when he became eligible in mid-December. He scored in double figures in 17 of 20 games, averaging 15.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.1 assists. Guard Mike Caffey, also a rising senior, ranks as one of the 49ers’ career leaders in scoring (1,081 points) and playmaking (331 assists), and led “The Beach” last season in scoring (16.2 ppg) and assists (4.3), with a 4.6 rebounding average. Coach Dan Monson will lead Long Beach State into the Wooden Legacy in Orange County for the second time, as the 49ers won one of three games in the 2009 event, then known as the Anaheim Classic.
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Princeton

Princeton surpassed the 20-win mark for the fourth time in five years in 2013-14, and the Tigers return three of five starters for the upcoming season. Among them is sophomore Spencer Weisz (8.7 ppg), the first Princeton player since 2001 to win the Ivy League Rookie of the Year award and the first Tiger since 1999 to pull down as many as 145 rebounds in his freshman season. The Tigers will have a nice mix of youth and experience in the new campaign, with Weisz and classmate Steven Cook (13 starts, 4.5 ppg) complementing a group of five seniors, led by returning scorer Hans Brase (11.2 ppg).
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San Diego

Highlighted by a 69-66 win over nationally ranked Gonzaga in late February, along with two wins in the CIT Postseason Tournament, the 18-17 Toreros featured a potent backcourt led by Christopher Anderson, John Dee and Duda Sanadze. Featuring Dee’s 16.8 ppg, the trio brings a combined 39.7 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists per game. Dee, a rising senior, ranks third among the top scorers (1,520 points) in school history. Anderson, also a rising senior, is San Diego’s career assists leader (560) and ranks second in steals (196). Sanadza, who will be a junior, is one of the top European players (Georgia) playing college ball in the United States. Coach Bill Grier’s 2007-08 USD team won one of three games in the inaugural Wooden Legacy (formerly the Anaheim Classic) in 2007.
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San Jose State

The 2013-14 season was the first step in the rebuilding process for new coach Dave Wojcik, as the Spartans finished the regular season with a 7-23 record. Rashad Muhammad, who’ll be a sophomore this season, led San Jose State in scoring by averaging 13.2 ppg., a Spartan freshman record, primarily in a sixth-man role. The Spartans were one of the most prolific 3-point shooting teams in the country last season, ranking 12th nationally in attempts and 17th in 3s made per game.  Wojcik will join his brother, Doug, as a coach who has led a school in Anaheim on Thanksgiving weekend. Doug Wojcik coached Tulsa in the 2010 event, then known as the Anaheim Classic, and College of Charleston in the 2013 Wooden Legacy.
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UTEP

The Miners return nine of their top 10 scorers from last season’s 23-11 squad, which finished one game out of first place in Conference USA with a 12-4 league record.  UTEP set a school record by starting 5-0 on the road in conference play last season, and had an eight-game winning streak in league play at one point.  The Miners’ top returnees are senior forward/guard Julian Washburn (13.1 ppg) and 2014 Conference USA Freshman of the Year Vince Hunter (12.3 ppg/6.5 rpg), who joined Washburn as a second-team All-Conference USA selection a year ago.  The Miners have bolstered a depleted backcourt by signing five high school standouts to national letters of intent, including two-time Louisiana Player of the Year Trey Touchet and Omega Harris, the runner-up for Player of the Year in Oklahoma.
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Washington

The Huskies, who look to become the third Pac-12 school to win the Wooden Legacy, finished the 2013-14 regular season with a 17-14 record. Sophomore-to-be guard Nigel Williams-Goss averaged 13.3 ppg to lead all freshmen scorers in the Pac-12.  He also averaged 4.4 rpg, 4.4 apg and 1.1 steals for the Huskies. A 2013 McDonald’s and Parade All-American, Williams-Goss was the first four-year player for Findlay Prep in Las Vegas. One of four freshman on the 2014 Bob Cousy Award Watch List, Williams-Goss set the UW single-game freshman scoring record with 32 points against Oregon State on Jan. 25.

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Western Michigan

The Broncos achieved their third 20-plus win season in the past four campaigns by posting a 23-10 record, highlighted by a Mid-American Conference postseason tournament title and a berth in the NCAA. With only two seniors on its 14-man active roster in 2013-14, Western Michigan’s top underclassman was Connar Tava. A 6-foot-6 forward, Tava, a rising junior, averaged 11.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 2.8 assists.  Tava also shot 58.5 percent from the field to rank second in the Mid-American Conference.  Entering his 12th season at Western Michigan, coach Steve Hawkins is the longest-tenured coach in the MAC.
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Xavier

After competing 19 seasons in the Atlantic 10 Conference, Xavier moved to the Big East Conference this past season and the Musketeers ranked among the league leaders with a 20-11 record. Guard Semaj Christon was one of the Big East’s best players. The rising junior leads Xavier in scoring (17.0 ppg) and is second in assists (4/1) while shooting 48.3 percent from the field. With 984 career points, Christon is poised to join Byron Larkin (1,146 points) as an Xavier sophomore to score 1,000 with the Musketeers. The school’s scoring leader (2,696 points), Larkin is a member of Xavier’s radio broadcast team.  Xavier competed in the 2012 Wooden Legacy, finishing 2-1 with wins against Drexel and Drake, and Christon was named to the All-Tournament team.