Wooden Legacy impacts NBA Draft

Two players that earned all-tournament honors at the 2013 Wooden Legacy were selected in the National Basketball Association draft Thursday along with five other players that had competed in previous editions of the Anaheim Classic. Creighton’s national player-of-the-year Doug McDermott and Xavier Thames of San Diego State were competitors from the 2013 Wooden Legacy, which combined the Anaheim Classic and the John R. Wooden Classic in June 2013, picked in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Thames was named the 2013 Wooden Legacy most valuable player as he led San Diego State to three-straight wins in the Thanksgiving weekend event played at both the Titan Gym on the campus of Cal State Fullerton and Honda Center near Disneyland.

Highlighted by a 29-point effort in the Aztec’s 67-59 win over Marquette in the December 1 championship game at Honda Center, Thames scored 66 points in three games as he made 11 of his 15 three-point shots.

McDermott scored 64 points in his three Wooden Legacy games last fall starting with a 27-point performance in the Bluejays’ 86-60 opening round victory over Arizona State. In the semi-finals at Titan Gym before a sellout crowd, San Diego State defeated Creighton 86-80 as Thames scored 26 points while McDermott tallied 30 points.

Other players drafted Thursday with previous playing experience in the former Anaheim Classic were Markel Brown (44th pick overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves) of Oklahoma State (2010 Anaheim Classic participant), Josh Huestis (29th, Oklahoma State Thunder) of Stanford (2010), Dwight Powell (45th, Charlotte Hornets) of Stanford (2010), Cameron Bairstow (49th, Chicago Bulls) of New Mexico (2011) and Semaj Christon of Xavier (55th, Miami Heat) of Xavier (2012, all-tournament selection).

For previous NBA drafts, here are selections where the players competed in the former Anaheim Classics.

THE WOODEN LEGACY PLAYERS IN THE NBA DRAFT (Anaheim Classic participation only)

2013 Draft

* Tony Snell, New Mexico 2011 (pick 20 by Chicago Bulls)

* Allen Crabbe, Cal 2012 (pick 31 by Cleveland Cavaliers, traded to Portland Trailblazers)

* Isaiah Canaan, Murray State 2010 (pick 34 by Houston Rockets)

* Erick Green, Virginia Tech 2010 (pick 46 by Utah Jazz)

* Romero Osby, Oklahoma 2011 (pick 51 by Orlando Magic)

* Colton Iverson, Minnesota 2010 (pick 53 by Indiana Pacers, traded to Boston Celtics)

2012 Draft

* Quincy Acy, Baylor 2008 (pick 37 by Toronto Raptors)

* Khris Middleton, Texas A&M 2009 (pick 39 by Detroit Pistons)

2011 Draft

* Shelvin Mack, Butler 2009 (pick 34 by Washington Wizards)

* Malcolm Lee, UCLA, 2009 (pick 43 by Chicago Bulls, rights traded to Minnesota Timberwolves from Utah Jazz)

2010 Draft

* Al-Farouq Aminu, Wake Forest 2008 (pick 8 by LA Clippers)

* Gordon Hayward, Butler 2009 (pick 9 by Utah Jazz)

* Trevor Booker, Clemson 2009 (pick 23 by Minnesota Timberwolves)

* Da'Sean Butler, West Virginia 2009 (pick 42 by Miami Heat)

* Devin Ebanks, West Virginia 2009 (pick 43 by Los Angeles Lakers)

2009 Draft

* James Harden, Arizona State 2008 (pick 3 by Oklahoma City Thunder)

* DeMar DeRozan, USC 2007 (pick 9 by Toronto Raptors)

* James Johnson, Wake Forest 2008 (pick 16 by Chicago Bulls)

* Jeff Teague, Wake Forest 2008 (pick 19 by Atlanta Hawks)

* Taj Gibson, USC 2007 (pick 26 by Chicago Bulls)

* Jeff Pedergraph, Arizona State 2008 (pick 31 by Sacramento Kings, traded to Portland Trailblazers)

* Patrick Mills, Saint Mary’s 2008 (pick 55 by Portland Trailblazers)

2008 Draft

* O. J. Mayo, USC 2007 (pick 3 by Minnesota Timberwolves, traded to Memphis Grizzles)