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.
At the WCC Tournament, Pepperdine will either be the #7 seed (and play #6 San Diego on Thursday, March 1), or the #8 seed (and play #9 Santa Clara in the opening-round game on Wednesday, Feb. 29).
Former head coach Jim Harrick, a recent Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, will be recognized during a halftime ceremony along with former players as part of Basketball Homecoming.
Thursday will be the Waves' second game in KeyArena this season.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves' 59-50 season-opening victory.
Martin A. Folb's photos of the Waves' home finale against the Bulldogs.
Photos of the Waves' 94-88 win over the Dons and of the Gary Colson halftime tribute by Martin A. Folb.
Photos by Martin A. Folb of the Waves' 71-59 home loss to the Broncos.
Jeff Golden's photos of the Waves-Gaels contest at Firestone Fieldhouse.
CAREER: Averaged 5.8 points and 1.9 rebounds in 15.9 minutes over four seasons ... Played in 91 games and started 17 ... A career 38.1% three-point shooter, which ranks #9 all-time at Pepperdine.
PEPPERDINE 2011-12: Played in only two games as a senior after suffering a stress fracture in his left ankle ... Had eight points in the season opener vs. Pomona-Pitzer (11/12) ... Sank two three-pointers and scored six points in just five minutes at Arizona State (11/15) before leaving due to injury ... Averaged 7.0 points over the two games.
PEPPERDINE 2010-11: Averaged 3.9 points as a junior, appearing in all 33 games and starting the first eight of the season ... Shot 41.1% on three-pointers ... Scored a season-high 11 points twice, first in the season opener at Portland State (11/12) and against vs. Arkansas State (11/23) ... Sank all four of his shots, including a season-best three three-pointers, at Portland State ... Sank multiple three-pointers in a game six times ... Other season highs were seven rebounds vs. CSU Bakersfield (11/20), two assists (three times), two blocks at Santa Clara (2/26), two steals vs. Saint Mary's (1/8) and 26 minutes played vs. San Francisco at the WCC Tournament (3/5).
PEPPERDINE 2009-10: Had a strong non-conference showing as a sophomore but was limited by injuries once the WCC season began ... Overall, averaged 7.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in 19.1 minutes ... Played in 24 games and started four ... Missed the final five games of the season due to an ankle injury and had offseason surgery ... At the start of WCC play, was averaging 10.8 points, second on the team ... As his ankle injury worsened, his output declined and he averaged just 2.4 points in conference games ... Had Pepperdine's top three-point percentage at 38.6%, good for 12th in the WCC ... Made the all-tournament team at the Wyoming World Vision Challenge after averaging 15.3 points in three games, which included a career-high 22 vs. Hampton (11/27) ... Hit five of five three-pointers and had a season-high eight rebounds vs. Hampton ... Had 10 games with multiple three-pointers and made a total of 34 ... Other season highs were two assists (several times) and 32 minutes at Wyoming (11/29).
PEPPERDINE 2008-09: Showed great promise as a scorer as a freshman, averaging 6.3 points ... Played in all 32 games and started five, averaging 15.5 minutes along with 2.2 rebounds ... Sank 35 three-pointers, tied for the team high ... Shot 35.4% from beyond the arc, which ranked 15th in the WCC ... Scored in double-figures eight times ... Had a season-high 16 points vs. Western Oregon (1/3) in just 18 minutes before fouling out ... Had nine games with multiple three-pointers, including five vs. Coppin State (12/29), good for 15 points ... His best WCC game was 13 points at Portland (2/19) ... Scored a team-high 11 points at #15 Arizona State (11/23) ... Other season highs were eight rebounds vs. Cal State Monterey Bay (11/14), three assists (twice), two steals (several times) and 26 minutes (twice).
PREP SCHOOL: Attended Summit College Prep, located in Simi Valley, Calif., in 2007-08 ... Joined the nationally ranked team partway through the season, won a starting position and averaged around 12 points per game ... Averaged 19 points at the Carolina Prep Classic, where Summit Prep defeated the nation's top-ranked and previously undefeated team, Patterson Prep.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Westchester High School, located in Los Angeles, Calif., in 2007 ... Battled injuries his senior year but averaged 19 points per game ... As a junior, he was named the 2006 L.A. City Player of the Year ... Averaged 22 points that year and was also named All-CIF City Section first team and CalHiSports.com all-state second team ... Helped team win the CIF City Section title in 2006 ... Westchester High won the state championship and was ranked #1 in the country in his sophomore year as he averaged eight points ... Several teammates have played collegiately and two (Gabe Pruitt and Amir Johnson) are in the NBA.
CLUB: Played with Double Pump and Rising Stars of America.
PERSONAL: Born in Los Angeles, Calif. ... Son of Dane Suttle and Asalia Wauls ... His father starred at Pepperdine from 1980-83 when Asbury was an assistant coach ... Dane Suttle Sr. is still the school's all-time leading scorer (1,701 points) who also went on to play in the NBA with the Kansas City Kings ... Has three siblings: Audom, Brian and Cache ... Majoring in advertising ... Chose Pepperdine because "Coach Asbury is an excellent coach and I wanted to go to a school where I will be successful."
FAVORITES: Enjoys watching movies and talking on the phone ... Favorite pro basketball players are James Harden and Tracy McGrady ... Favorite pro basketball teams are the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat ... Favorite movies are Don't Be a Menace and Friday ... Favorite TV show is The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ... Favorite musical artist is Rick Ross ... Favorite sport other than basketball is baseball ... Favorite things about basketball are "the competition, the fulfillment and the fact that basketball just runs through my veins."