JONESBORO, Ark. (2/4/13) – For the first time this season, an Arkansas State University men’s basketball player has claimed Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Player of the Week honors as senior guard Trey Finn was chosen today (Feb. 4) to receive the weekly award as announced by the conference office.
The 6-2 Finn averaged a team-leading 16.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest as the Red Wolves went 2-0 at home last week with conference victories over South Alabama (Jan. 31) and North Texas (Feb. 2). A 2012-13 All-SBC Preseason First-Team selection, Finn netted 32 points, 14 rebounds, eight steals, and three assists in the two games while shooting 30.4% (7-23) from the floor and sinking 14-of-16 (87.5%) free throws.
Finn, who was also tabbed this week’s (Feb. 4) SBC Player of the Week by College Sports Madness, tallied a game-high tying 18 points and a squad-best eight rebounds in a 74-62 decision over South Alabama last Thursday (Jan. 31) in Jonesboro, Ark. Finn followed up the performance by pumping in 14 points to with six rebounds and a game-most five steals in a 75-66 overtime victory against North Texas last Saturday (Feb. 2). Finn was proficient at the free throw line in the two-game stretch, connecting on a combined 87.5% (14-16), which was highlighted by a 6-6 effort versus North Texas (Feb. 2).
This week’s selection represents the third time in Finn’s career in which the ASU backcourt player has earned weekly conference plaudits. Finn received the league award in 2010-11 (1/4/11) and once (2/20/12) in the 2011-12 campaign.
Finn has presently produced per game averages of 9.7 points (203 pts.) and 5.0 rebounds (106 rebs.) as a 21-game starter this season. A native of Little Rock, Ark., Finn has registered double-figure scoring on 11 occasions this campaign, which includes seven of his last eight outings while averaging 13.4 points a game (107 pts.) during that span.
To date, Finn ranks 20th among the SBC’s leaders in scoring (11.0 ppg.), tied for fourth in steals (1.7 spg.), tied for 10th in free throw percentage (75.0%), 14th in three-point field goals (1.6 avg.), and is 16th in rebounding (5.7 rpg.) for conference games only.
In 112 career contests to date, Finn has racked up a program 21st all-time most 1,056 points and a 12th-best 628 rebounds while starting 111 of 112 career games. Finn’s 150 steals currently ranks fourth on the school’s career leaders list and his 163 three-point field goals represents the fifth most
ASU is currently 14-8 overall on the season and tied for first in the SBC’s West Division with an 8-5 conference ledger. The Red Wolves will put their current three-game winning streak on the line this Thursday (Feb. 7) on the road versus SBC East Division leader Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Opening tip is set for 7 p.m. (CT) in a game to be televised on ESPN 3.