John R. Wooden Classic will proceed as planned

Despite the recent passing of John Wooden, the 17th annual John R. Wooden Classic will be held as scheduled later this year, the Wooden family and hosts Anaheim Arena Management and Pantheon International announced Wednesday afternoon.

"The Wooden family is proud to continue the Wooden Classic in honor of our father, grandfather and great grandfather,” said Jim Wooden and Nan Muehlhausen, son and daughter of the coach. “We are so pleased the event will continue to celebrate his life and the legacy he leaves behind. Our thanks go out to Pantheon International, Honda Center and the thousands of fans that have made this event possible."

The matchups for the Dec. 18 basketball doubleheader at Honda Center in Anaheim were also made public. UCLA will make its 15th appearance in the event and face Brigham Young, while 2010 NCAA Sweet Sixteen participant St. Mary’s will take on Long Beach State.

“For the past 16 years we have been privileged to produce the John R. Wooden Classic and we look forward to once again celebrating John Wooden’s legacy and philosophy," said Tim Ryan, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Honda Center. "Though we are saddened that coach will not be with us in person this December, we know his inspiration carries on.”