The Waves should return six of 13 letterwinners, while three more players redshirted.
In 25 previous events, Pepperdine has an all-time record of 28-21 (.571) at the WCC Tournament and won titles in the 1991, 1992 and 1994 seasons.
Pepperdine held Santa Clara to 35.6% shooting from the field, including a 5-for-25 effort on three-pointers.
Thursday will be the Waves' second game in KeyArena this season.
Taylor Darby and Ramon Eaton scored eight points each to lead the Waves.
Martin A. Folb photos of the Waves-Toreros game.
Photos by Martin A. Folb of the Waves' 74-62 win over the Broncos.
Photos by Martin A. Folb of the Wells Fargo PCH Cup game in Firestone Fieldhouse.
Martin A. Folb's photos of the Waves' 77-61 WCC-opening win over the Dons.
Photos by Martin A. Folb of the Waves' 73-70 loss to CSUN.
PEPPERDINE 2011-12: In his only season at Pepperdine, averaged 2.6 points and 2.5 rebounds as a freshman ... Played in 28 games, all off the bench, and averaged 12.7 minutes ... Reached double-figures for the only time at Santa Clara (2/23), scoring 10 points in 15 minutes ... Had three eight-point performances, all in league play ... Pulled down a season-high eight rebounds in the season opener vs. Pomona-Pitzer (11/12) ... Other season highs were two assists at San Francisco (1/14), two steals vs. Hawaii (12/3) and BYU (2/11) and 26 minutes played vs. Pomona-Pitzer (11/12).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Sheldon High School, located in Sacramento, Calif., in 2011 ... A four-year starter on the varsity ... As a senior, averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds ... Named to the Sacramento Bee All-Metro first team and was one of six finalists for the paper's player of the year ... Helped Sheldon to its second straight Sac-Joaquin Section Division I championship and to the CIF Northern California semifinals ... Named to the Long Beach Press Telegram's 2010 Best in the West third team ... In May 2010, was listed as Northern California's #2-rated senior by NorCalPreps.com ... Averaged 15.1 points and 9.8 rebounds as a junior ... Selected to CalHiSports' all-state underclassman second team and the Sacramento Bee's All-Metro second team ... Scored 18 points in the 2011 section championship victory vs. Jesuit High and 13 points in the 2010 section championship win over top-seeded Franklin High ... A three-time All-Delta River League selection ... Hoop Scoop ranked him in the top five nationally for the class of 2011 before the ninth grade ... Also lettered in track ... Earned academic honors at Sheldon.
CLUB: Played the last two years with Team Odom.
PERSONAL: Born in Vallejo, Calif. ... Son of Ramona Milton ... Was raised by his aunt and uncle, Ronald and Denise Nelson, since the age of 11 ... Has 12 siblings ... His cousin and high school teammate, Darius Nelson, began his college career at UTEP ... Another cousin, DeMarcus Nelson, played at Duke and with the Golden State Warriors ... Majoring in organizational communication ... Chose Pepperdine because "I like Pepperdine's coaches, the tremendous educational program and the beautiful campus. I liked the way the school supports its athletes and makes sure you're doing everything right."
FAVORITES: Enjoys playing games ... Favorites include Rudy Gay and Kevin Durant (pro basketball players), Memphis Grizzlies (pro basketball team), Undercover Brother (movie), The Boondocks and Family Guy (TV shows), Lil Wayne and Drake (musical artists), Chinese (food) and football (sport other than basketball) ... Favorite thing about basketball is "it's like another home, a place where I can relax."