JONESBORO,Ark. (ASU - The Arkansas State University men's basketball program believes in its own and thus one of its all-time greats will be on its bench for this upcoming 2013-14 season as former Red Wolves standout Trey Finn is returning to his alma mater as a graduate manager.
Finn, who completed his eligibility at Arkansas State this 2012-13 campaign, will serve as a graduate manager on A-State head coach John Brady's staff. Finn played an integral role in helping the 2012-13 Red Wolves post a 19-12 overall record and win their second Sun Belt Conference (SBC) West Division Championship in the last three seasons with a first-place 12-8 conference divisional ledger.
"We're very pleased Trey will be joining our staff this upcoming season in this position," said Brady, who embarks on his sixth year this 2013-14 season directing the Red Wolves. "He has meant a lot to this program in his time here as a player and now he gets to add to his legacy as part of our coaching staff."
In his new position, Finn's responsibilities will include but not limited to scouting reports, breaking down film, and player skill development.
For Finn, the opportunity to continue being a part of A-State men's basketball was one the former guard couldn't afford to pass up. Finn is expected to earn his master's degree in sports administration from A-State in the spring of 2014.
"I'm really excited to be coming back and continue being a part of the Arkansas State men's basketball program," said Finn, who played for the Red Wolves from 2009-13 after being redshirted in his initial 2008-09 collegiate season at A-State. "This one year (2013-14) that I have left of graduate school will give me an opportunity to view things from a different perspective and from a coaching point of view. It will prepare me to be a college coach in the future."
"Playing for Coach Brady the past four years made me a better basketball player and he taught me a lot. Now I will be able to pickup on our (Arkansas State) coaching staff's successful habits and gain a better understanding of why they're great coaches," added Finn.
Finn enjoyed a distinguished career at Arkansas State finishing 16th among the program's all-time scoring leaders with 1,165 career points and becoming the 24th player at A-State to score at least 1,000 career points. A native of Little Rock, Ark., Finn presently is listed third on Red Wolves' career leaders chart in both steals (161) and three-point field goals made (184) while ranking 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.375) and 11th in rebounding (668). He's also just one of 11 individuals in ASU history to tally at least 1,000 points and register 600 rebounds as a Red Wolves' player.
Finn concluded his Arkansas State career with averages of 9.6 points (1,165 pts.), 5.5 rebounds (668 rebs.), 1.7 assists (210 ast.), 1.3 steals (161 stls.), 0.3 blocked shots (32 blks.) while starting in 120 of 121 career contests. He compiled double-figure point totals in 62 career outings, which included a career season-high 21 games in both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
This past 2012-13 campaign, the A-State tri-captain averaged a team third-best 10.4 points (312 pts.) and squad second-most 4.9 rebounds (146 rebs.) per contest as a starter in all 30 games played in. As a result, Finn earned All-Sun Belt Conference Third-Team honors and received National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District 24 Second-Team laurels. He also attained SBC Academic Honor Roll kudos and was tabbed as the SBC Player of the Week (2/4).
Finn will be joining his former A-State teammate Ifeanyi Koggu, who's the current graduate assistant videocoordinator for the Arkansas State men's basketball program.