Game Day

WHO: College of Charleston vs. San Diego State

WHAT: Wooden Legacy Tournament

WHEN: 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Honda Center, Anaheim CA.

RECORDS: San Diego State 2-1; CofC 2-3.

TV/RADIO: ESPNU/WTMZ 910-AM

WHO: College of Charleston vs. San Diego State

WHEN: 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Honda Center, Anaheim CA.

TV/RADIO: ESPNU/WTMZ 910-AM

RECORDS: San Diego State 2-1; CofC 2-3.

NOTES: The Cougars are coming off their most impressive performance of the season, beating Furman, 89-55, this past Saturday night. … The Cougars were led by junior guard Anthony Stitt, who scored a game-high 21 points. Canyon Barry added 15 points, and Adjehi Baru and Jonathan Cook each chipped in 14 points. … Joe Chealey handed out a career-high seven assists in the victory. … CofC sophomore forward Theo Johnson is from Sacramento, Calif. Cougars head coach Doug Wojcik has had at least one player from California on his roster for the past nine seasons as a head coach. .. San Diego State (2-1) is three years removed from its historic 2010-11 campaign when the Aztecs won the Mountain West Conference, going 32-2 during the regular-season, and earning a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Aztecs have made four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. The Cougars will face either Creighton or Arizona State in the second round of the tournament.

It’s been eight months since College of Charleston sophomore forward Theo Johnson has seen his mother. It’s been more than a year since Felicia Johnson has seen her son play a basketball game.

The two will be reunited Thursday night when the Cougars take on San Diego State in the opening round of the Wooden Legacy tournament in Anaheim, Calif.

With a plane ticket costing more than $800, there haven’t been many chances for Johnson to travel back home to Sacramento, Calif., since he enrolled at Charleston in 2012.

But with the Cougars heading to California for the Thanksgiving Day holidays, Johnson’s mother Felicia and younger brother Joshua will make the five-hour drive from Sacramento to Anaheim.

“I’m definitely ready to see my mom again,” Johnson said. “It’s been a long time since I’ve seen her and my brother. I can’t wait. I’m really excited about seeing them and going back to California. It’s been a while. There’s no place like home.”

However, Johnson is a little concerned about how his mother will act when the Cougars take the floor at the Honda Center. Felicia Johnson rarely missed an opportunity to see her son play and wasn’t shy about voicing her opinion to the referees, opponents or even the coaching staff at Franklin High School in Elk Grove, Calif.

“I’m a little anxious to see what my mom is going to say behind the bench,” Johnson said with a chuckle. “When I was in high school, she was a big cheerleader and she would yell out some pretty crazy stuff. I’ll be honest, there were times when that was pretty embarrassing, but it’s a bigger arena, so hopefully not everyone will be able to hear her like in high school.”

His mother and brother won’t be the only familiar faces at the Honda Center when the Cougars take on San Diego State. While Johnson was a star at Franklin High School, San Diego State freshmen D’Erryl Williams and Dakarai Allen both played at rival Sheldon High School. All three played AAU basketball together under head coach Brian Hamilton.

“Those are my boys and I can’t wait to play against them,” Johnson said. “Dakarai has always been a really good defensive player and makes good decisions on the court. D’Erryl is a good point guard. Both bring a physical toughness on the defensive end of the floor. When I was a senior in high school, their high school blew us out, but I always had fun playing AAU ball in the summer with them.”

The 6-6 Johnson was a post player in high school, and his progression to being more of a small forward has not been without its challenges. Playing in limited duty during his freshman season, Johnson was second on the team in blocked shots (27), which was 10th-best in the Southern Conference.

“Theo has worked very hard to become a more skilled player,” said College of Charleston coach Doug Wojcik. “He’s really improved his ball handling and passing and is starting to develop a mid-range game as well. Theo gives us a lot of energy off the bench. He’s more comfortable in the system in year two. I see Theo running the floor, blocking shots, guarding multiple positions — a real jack of all trades for us.”

San Diego State (2-1) is three years removed from its historic 2010-11 campaign when the Aztecs won the Mountain West Conference, going 32-2 during the regular season, and earning a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Aztecs have made four straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

The Cougars will face either Creighton or Arizona State in the second round of the four-day tournament.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to travel across the country and be a part of Feast Week on ESPN,” Wojcik said. “We’ll play against great teams and put ourselves up against very good competition as we continue to grow.”