JONESBORO, Ark. (2/20/13)- The Arkansas State University men's basketball program will pay tribute to its three senior student-athletes on the 2012-13 team this Saturday (Feb. 23) evening prior to the Red Wolves' regular-season home finale contest against the Troy Trojans in Jonesboro, Ark.
A 7:05 p.m. (CT) opening tip is scheduled for the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) matchup at the ASU Convocation Center.
The three-member senior class, which will be acknowledged in a special pre-game ceremony, features guards Trey Finn and Marcus Hooten along with forward Brandon Peterson. The tri-captains have been instrumental this season in leading Arkansas State to a current 17-9 overall record and a first-place 11-6 mark in the SBC's West Division.
The three seniors have combined to produce 2,753 points and 1,614 rebounds in 298 career appearances, which includes 269 contests in a starting capacity. This group has registered a combined 65-58 mark to date in their respective Arkansas State careers.
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Finn has been a mainstay in the Red Wolves' backcourt the past four seasons (2009-13) and ranks among ASU's career leaders in several statistical categories.
Finn, who became the 24th A-State player to register 1,000 career points earlier this season (1/19), is presently tied for 17th on the Red Wolves' all-time scoring charts with 1,111 career points. The 2012-13 ASU tri-captain currently ranks third in both career steals (155) and three-point field goals (177), 10th in three-point field goal percentage (38.6%), and 13th in career rebounds (641). A three-time Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week selection (1/4/11, 2/20/12 and 2/4/13), Finn is just one of 14 ASU players to register at least 600 career rebounds.
A 2012-13 SBC Preseason All-Conference First-Team selection, Finn has tallied double-figure scoring in 54 outings while racking up double-digit rebounds in a game on nine occasions as a starter in 115 of 116 contests played in. Finn was named to the 2012 SBC All-Tournament Team and earned SBC Academic Honor Roll recognition.
Hooten owned the distinction of being ASU's top returning scorer from a season ago with a 12.5 points per game average (425 points).
This preseason, Hooten was tabbed as an All-SBC Third-Team honoree while being named to the College Sports Madness All-SBC Third Team and the Lindy's Sports Second Team.
A 2012-13 ASU tri-captain, Hooten has presently produced just under 600 points (591 total) in his two seasons (2011-13) at A-State. He also has compiled at least 200 field goals and registered more than 100 rebounds in 60 career appearances, which includes 46 as a starter.
Hooten, who garnered SBC All-Academic Honor Roll laurels for the 2011-12 campaign, has totaled 27 double-figure scoring games during his ASU career.
Peterson has etched his name in ASU annals as one of the program's best as evidenced by becoming the 25th Red Wolves' player to reach the 1,000-career points milestone and the eighth individual to accumulate at least 800 career rebounds.
To date, Peterson presently ranks 22nd among A-State's all-time leaders in career points (1,051 total), third in blocked shots (154 total), and seventh in rebounding (838 total). The 2012-13 team tri-captain is one of 14 ASU players ever to garner 600 rebounds and among 10 to achieve at least 700 boards.
Peterson, a 2012-13 SBC Preseason All-Conference Second-Team honoree and a SBC Player of the Week Award winner this season (2/18), is also among the conference's career rebounding and blocked shots leaders. He currently is 14th on the SBC's all-time leaders list in rebounds and 22nd in shot rejections.
A starter in 108 of 122 games played in, Peterson has chalked up 46 career double-digit point games and 30 double-figure single-game rebound performances. This season, Peterson leads the Red Wolves in rebounds (253), blocked shots (31), and double-doubles (10).