SCOUTing Report: Tre Finch
WESTLAKE, Calif. -- With USC and Washington recently coming into the picture, and California, Portland State, UC Davis, Sacramento State and UC Irvine also in the mix, Sacramento (Calif.) sophomore guard Tre Finch is attracting a lot of early attention.
While the 6-foot-1, 160-pounder sees himself as more of a wing, watching him work at the Holiday Hardwood Invitational from Dec. 26-30, it's hard not to see him as a true point.
Finch has plus-plus handles, and while a solid shooter, his stroke is not quite as refined as teammate Christian Terrell. Finch does, however, show well off the catch, as in the final two highlights in the film above, and does have a smooth, consistent stroke.
Finch good in traffic, coming up with a steal and setting up the offense for a bucket early on against Bullard in the first clip. He knows how good Solomon Young (22) is down low, and trusts him, though he doesn't get him the ball in the best position to make a play.
At 0:24, Finch does get the ball right where Young can make a play on it, and where the defender can't get it. Sacramento is going to be very good next year, but their youth showed up during the finale of the tournament against El Cerrito (Calif.).
Finch acknowledges that this is a bit of a growing pains season, but he knows that his future – as well as those of Terrell and Young – are quite bright, without sounding boastful.
"I would think so. We're pretty young and we've got a lot of sophomores, but we've just got to learn from our mistakes and keep doing what we've got to do," Finch says. "We need to compete, 100 percent, every minute of the game. We've just got to grind."
At 0:32, we see Finch against a two-man press, and while being pressured, finds a passing lane and then works the give and go, hitting the hole with a head of steam and finishing strong with the right hand.
Finch does most of his damage in transition, and at 0:55, we see him go hard to the hole again, finishing with the left hand, and we see that again at 1:53 and 2:06. Like Young, he's an enthusiastic defender, but needs to add size and strength over the next two years, as we see at 1:00 in his full-court press responsibilities.
Sprinkled throughout the video are Finch's rebounding skills. He's not afraid to get physical, but again, his size is going to be a factor down low. Going out further to get the long boards and getting out in transition is going to be where he makes his hay. You can see a bit of that at 2:28, where he gets the board, pushes it up the sideline and finishes strong with the right hand.
At 1:38, we see probably the brightest flash from Finch, as he goes up and redirects an errant pass in mid-air to an open teammate trailing the play. Finch is very unselfish and when he's not scoring, he's able to find other ways to impact the game.
"I just like to get rebounds, push the ball, get assists and I like to do the other things," says Finch.
Finch said he grew up watching Kentucky, but right now, there are a pair of Pac-12 schools that hold his fancy.
California assistant John Montgomery, he says, talks to him "quite a lot," but, Finch says, Oregon is the one offer he's really gunning for.
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