With Fayetteville and Houston marked off the list, Little Rock Parkview junior guard Trey Finn and his Arkansas Kings are ready for the ‘Boro.
That's the first annual Battle in the ‘Boro, a Nike AAU basketball event being held in Jonesboro Friday through Sunday.
After a subpar performance in the Real Deal on the Hill and a pool-winning one at the Kingwood Classic last weekend, the 6-1, 205-pound Finn thinks his team is now primed to break out in its third AAU event of the spring.
"Our defense really tightened up last weekend, we moved the ball around well and really played well as a team," Finn said. "I think we are really going to be ready to play our best basketball for the Battle of the ‘Boro."
The event, which features several age divisions and teams from Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana and other states, is being held at several courts in Jonesboro, including five at Arkansas State's Convocation Center.
"It's a lot of teams from the Mid-South area and I hear it's going to be some great competition," said Finn, who averaged 20 points and 6 assists last season for a 28-3 Parkview squad.
College coaches will be able to look at since it is a certified event, just as last week was in Houston.
Finn and the Kings were watched last weekend by the new Arkansas coaching staff, which is headed by head coach John Pelphrey.
" I actually have been to see Coach Pelphrey at a game when his team played at Middle Tennessee State and I took a trip over there," Finn said. "He was very intense and their team got after it."
While he has not had a chance to speak with him yet, Finn thinks Arkansas made a great hire.
"He really seems like a cool guy that knows a lot about the game and knows how to coach the game," Finn said. "I think they made a real good choice."
Ole Miss, UALR, Indiana State and Middle Tennessee State have already offered him a scholarship with Arkansas, Wichita State and Cornell among the others showing interest.
"I just want to keep working hard on my handle this AAU season and just become the most complete player I can be," Finn said. "I know it is all about working hard every day."
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