Recruit Profile: Dedrick Finn
5/5/2002

Dedrick Finn Profile

High School: Castle High School (Newburgh, IN)
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 165 lbs.
Position: PG

2000-2001 Stats (Junior Year):
21 ppg
5.0 rpg
6.0 apg
4.0 steals/game

Milestones: Dedrick Finn, a senior guard at Castle, reached the 1,000-point mark for his career Nov. 27 as the Knights defeated Boonville 52-47.

Notes: Castle's 6-1 guard Dedrick Finn on the Indiana All-Star team for the annual summer series against Kentucky.

Other: (3/26/02) Nine players from southwestern Indiana are among the top 100 senior high school boys' basketball players named by Hoosier Basketball Magazine for the 2001-2002 season. Among them Dedrick Finn.

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11/29/00 -- Fiery Castle Head Coach Steve Brunes turned playmaker 6-1 Dedrick Finn loose this evening and the talented NCAA D-1 Mid - Hi Major Finn responded with 36 POINTS !!

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Finn Is Turning Heads
By: John Decker
Date: June 8, 2001

Newburgh (IN) point guard Dedrick Finn has been turning some heads as of late.

The 5-foot-11 Finn averaged 20.5 points, five rebounds and six assists while leading Coach Steve Brunesí Castle High School squad to a 19-4 record last season. He shot nearly 43 percent from the 3-point arc and 50 percent overall. Heís also a member of the Warrick County AAU team that has enjoyed a strong start to the 2001 summer season.

Finn is one of the stateís top rising seniors, along with the likes of Bloomingtonís Sean May, Garyís Chris Hunter and Evansvilleís Matt Kiefer to name just a few. Finn has drawn favorable comparisons to another standout point guard from Indiana, according to Brunes.

"The person most people compare him to is (current Arizona Wildcat guard) Jason Gardner," said Brunes. "I think heís a better offensive player than Jason was.

"I was at Brownsburg when Jason was at North Central for his first three years, and we didnít play North Central, but I scouted them when they played against Pike and Ben Davis. I would say Jason is probably a little bit quicker than Dedrick, but I think they are very comparable in a lot of areas. I think Dedrick is a better scorer."

In addition to the comparisons that have been made to Gardner, Brunes also said Finnís the best player heís coached. And that says a lot, considering Brunes has been a head coach for 27 years in Indiana and coached two other Indiana All-Stars, one of which was his own son, Craig.

"The biggest compliment I can give Dedrick is (my son) Craig was Indianapolis Metro Player of the year, an Indiana All-Star, third in the balloting for Indiana Mr. Basketball, and Iíve openly said Dedrick is a much better player than Craig was," Brunes said. "And when youíre talking about your own son when you say thatÖ

"To me, heís the best guard in the state. The kid can do so many things. And heís so versatile as far as defensively and all those kind of things. I think if youíd talk to anyone down here, or anyone whoís seen him would say the same thing."

Scoring has been an area that Finn has steadily improved during his prep career. Although he started at Castle as a freshman, he was more polished on the defensive end and with his ball-handling, but Brunes said the offensive area has been one that heís seen a great deal of improvement.

"If you tell Dedrick to work on something, he goes out and works on it and shows steady improvement," Brunes said.

Defensively, though, Finn has always been a force. In fact, Brunes said Finnís play on the defensive end is the area of his game that stands out above any other.

"I think heís a tremendous defender," Brunes said. "Iíve had two other Indiana All-Stars, and they were great offensive players, one was a very good passer, and was a good defender. But coming out of high school, I think most kids really need work to play at the college level defensively. I think Dedrick is one of those rare kids that will come out and be a tremendous defender as a freshman."

Where Finn will end up is still up in the air. Brunes said he believes Xavier and Coach Thad Motta is the leader. Motta was recruiting Finn when he was the coach at Butler, and when he took the job at Xavier he called Brunes to let him know that he was still very interested in Finn. Brunes also said Michigan State and Michigan have been showing some interest, as have a host of mid-majors.

"I think the sky is the limit for Dedrick," Brunes said. " I think he can make an impact with the right program. And I think there are several right programs. With better people, his passing is going to become more evident. Thatís going to make him a more dangerous scorer because heíll have people inside who can score with more regularity."

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'Togetherness' ignites Knights
By DAN KORB Courier & Press staff writer
464-7502 or dkorbjr@evansville.net

3/3/02 -- When the final buzzer sounded Saturday night, Castle center Randy Kessler endured his hardest hit of the night. And he loved it.

The 6-foot-7 senior found himself enveloped in a crushing hug by 6-1 teammate Dedrick Finn, whose grin was matched only by Kessler's.

That's what winning a basketball sectional championship felt like to the Knights.

"This is something we've been working for all our lives," said Finn. "This is what we've dreamed of forever."

"We" was the operative word Saturday night.

The seniors played all 32 minutes, doing almost everything as a group in their 63-54 victory over Harrison (15-7) at Reitz's gym for the Class 4A sectional title. Together, they put the Knights (20-3) into next Saturday's Seymour Regional, where they will face No. 1 New Albany (23-1) at 9 a.m., Evansville time.

Against Harrison, the Knights hit more than half their shots (22 of 43), sank almost all of their free throws (12 of 14) and dominated the boards (36 rebounds to just 16 for Harrison).

They even divvied up the scoring (Ben Labhart with 18 points, Finn with 15, Kessler with 11, Troy Ragle with nine, Casey Elkins with eight, Brandon Roop with two) and they held the Warriors to just 42 percent (22 of 52) shooting from the field.

For a collection of players who have played together for years, some of them since kindergarten, winning a sectional like this was the only way to go.

"Coach (Steve Brunes) told us all year we were destined to win this," said Finn.

"What a group of kids I've got," said Brunes. "They never quit."

"They deserve it," said Harrison coach Will Wyman.

After the lead changed hands 13 times in the first 12 minutes, Labhart - he of the game-winning 3-point basket in Friday night's double-overtime win over Reitz - put the Knights in front for good.

Of course, he did it with a 3-pointer. That not only gave Castle a 27-24 lead, but triggered an 11-4 run that closed out the first half.

"Ben had been struggling," said Elkins, referring to Labhart's 1-for-11 night against Reitz and 0-for-2 outing against Central on Tuesday night. "But in the sectional, you've got to do it. Ben comes around when it counts."

Labhart said that the coaches told him he wasn't following through on his shot. He also said he wasn't feeling good about his shot on Friday night.

Not so on Saturday night.

"I didn't take as many shots (nine) as I did last night, but I was feeling better," he said.

After the Knights went into the locker room with a 35-28 halftime lead, they continued to hold off Harrison in the second half.

The Warriors did get within two points on a layup by Kente' Hart, who led his team with 16 points. That came at the end of the third quarter to pull Harrison within 49-47. But Castle tallied the first six points of the fourth quarter on a Kessler 15-footer, a Ragle tip-in and a Finn steal that he turned into an off-balance, fall-away layup that brought the Knights' fans roaring to their feet.

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Knight-mare for opponents
Castle's Finn is difficult to stop
By DAN KORB Courier & Press staff writer
464-7502 or dkorbjr@evansville.net

3/6/02 -- In so many words, Castle's Dedrick Finn admits he's a disruptive force.

Opponents have no choice but to focus on him, to structure their game plans around controlling him, and he knows it.

"If they're worried about me," he said, "you've got other people on the team who can take over."

And the 6-foot-1 senior will make sure that happens.

"My role pretty much is to keep all the guys motivated, be a leader and get everyone involved," he said.

All of which sounds as if the Xavier University recruit is more of a cheerleader than a floor leader. But the numbers tell a broader story.

When unranked Castle (20-3) faces No. 1 New Albany (23-1) in the semifinal starting at 9:30 a.m., Evansville time, in Saturday's Class 4A Seymour Regional, Finn's team highs in scoring (17.9 points per game) and assists (4.5 assists per game) will attract plenty of attention.

"In the open court, (New Albany) will have to do one of two things," said Castle coach Steve Brunes. "They'll either have to match up with him man-to-man, putting their best player on him, or double-team him. And those will lead to a situation where he either has a lot of assists or a big offensive game."

Something like that happened in the Evansville Sectional semifinal game against Reitz last Friday.

The Panthers had almost blown the Knights out of the gym in the second quarter, taking an 11-point lead into the locker room. One reason: Finn had taken only three shots in the first half.

That changed in the third quarter.

Finn started driving and shooting, at one point scoring seven unanswered points. He totaled 11 for the quarter, along with two steals and an assist, as Castle pulled in front for good.

Still, Finn insisted, that performance was not characteristic of him.

"I'm supposed to take my own shot, which I don't do enough," he said. "But if there's a time in a game when I have to, I can take over."

Against New Albany, that moment may arrive again. The Bulldogs aren't big. Their tallest player stands about 6-3. But they are quick, can jump and they like to swarm on defense.

New Albany also has won its last 17 games. It's only loss? To No. 3 Bloomington North (23-2), which inhabits the opposite bracket at Seymour and will face unranked Martinsville (18-5) in the second semifinal.

"They press all the time and want to get in a transition game and run up and down the court," Brunes said of New Albany. "They want to get you to run down the floor and put up a shot so they can run back down the floor and shoot."

Although Castle likes to run, Brunes said it doesn't like to run in quite this fashion.

"One of the things we have to do is, when they have three or four people in the paint, we've got to run our offense," he said.

This is where Finn comes in. As the point guard, he will often have to judge whether to run or to pull back. But this is a situation he's been looking forward to.

"The better the competition we get, the more motivated we get," he said.

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A great day for Knights
Castle spills state's No. 1 team en route to title at Seymour
By DAN KORB Courier & Press staff writer
464-7502 or dkorbjr@evansville.net

3/10/02 (Seymour, IN) -- Clutching multiple pieces of net on Saturday night, the Castle Knights declared that they're not finished snipping.

"Just keep on rolling, keep on rolling," said senior Dedrick Finn. "We're not done yet."

But if there was a first among equals, it was probably Finn.

Hounded by gimmick defenses all night -- a box-and-one here, a triangle-and-two there, even a match-up zone at one point -- the player who poured in 23 points in the win over New Albany mostly played decoy while his teammates did the scoring.

But during the game-winning run, it was the Xavier University recruit who helped sink the Artesians (19-6), who had upset No. 3 Bloomington North in the semifinals.

"How many kids would let himself be used as a decoy - and do it happily - and then come through when we need him?" asked Castle coach Steve Brunes.

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(Article Untitled)
By DAN KORB Courier & Press staff writer
464-7502 or dkorbjr@evansville.net

3/24/02 -- Although he's the 2001-2002 All-Metro Player of the Year in boys' basketball, Dedrick Finn prefers to think in the plural.

It's all about his teammates.

The Castle High School senior cannot consider what he accomplished this season without talking about those who surrounded him in blue and gold.

"They always had confidence in me," he said. "They always came up and would pat me on the back and tell me I was the leader of the team. Whatever I did or said, they fed off it. It made me feel better that I was a help to them."

The 6-foot-1 Finn, who has signed with Division I Xavier University, was a major help. He played a key role in Castle's winning the Class 4A Evansville Sectional championship and the school's first regional title.

One of nine seniors, he led his team in scoring (18.0 points per game), assists (119 for an average of 4.6 per contest), 3-point shooting average (40.7 percent), free-throw shooting (89-for-106, 84 percent) and steals (91). Those numbers helped the Knights post 22-4 record.

"We had dreams and we had goals, but we hadn't accomplished them," he said. "We just came together with a bang. We wanted to have a senior year of memories."

Castle coach Steve Brunes, who was named All-Metro Coach of the Year, said that Finn helped hold it all together.

"Dedrick is one of those rare people you get to coach," he said. "A lot of times when you have a superstar, you end up with somebody who wants to shoot all the time, doesn't think he's getting his due and is always trying to straighten out his teammates. I never had that problem with him."

Coaches in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference in conjunction with the sports staff of the Courier & Press selected the 12-player All-Metro squad. Five were named to the first team and seven to the second.

The entire story can be found here:
http://www.myinky.com/ecp/high_school_sports/article/0,1626,ECP_751_1047056,00.html

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Kiefer, Finn combine for 28 points
EVANSVILLE Courier & Press

3/15/02 -- Castle's Dedrick Finn added 13 points as the South boys defeated the North 108-103 in the North-South All-Star Classic on Sunday at New Albany High School.

Finn, a 6-foot-1 guard who has signed to play at Xavier, was 4-for-9 from the floor and 5-for-5 from the free throw line.

Angelo Smith of Lawrence North High School led everyone in both scoring (26) and rebounds (15).

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Finn's talent, unselfishness recognized by coaches
Indiana All-Stars choose two from SIAC
By GORDON ENGELHARDT Courier & Press staff writer
464-7518 or gordone@evansville.net

4/17/02 -- [Incomplete article. Finn excerpts:]
Finn, a 6-foot-1 senior guard who has signed with Xavier, has the quickness and dexterity to drive and dish as well as drill long jumpers.

Finn averaged 18.0 points and 4.6 assists in leading Castle to its first semi-state berth and a 22-4 record.

Since becoming a varsity starter early in his freshman year, Finn has dreaming of becoming an Indiana All-Star.

"It's something I've worked for the past four seasons and it feels good to be a part of it," Finn said.

Indiana's and Kentucky's boys and girls resume their annual series on June 15 at the Owensboro Sportscenter and June 22 at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Castle's Steve Brunes will coach the Indiana All-Stars.

While individual honors are nice, Finn said leading Castle to its first Class 4A regional title is a more memorable accomplishment.

"I take more pride in that than being an Indiana All-Star," he said. "I played with those players the last five years and it was a great run to semistate. Being named part of the Indiana All-Stars was a little added onto it."

Finn hopes to step in and see considerable action for Xavier as a freshman. "I do need to get stronger and work on my game - it's at the next level of basketball," he said. "I've worked hard the last four years to get where I am now."

Complete article:
http://www.myinky.com/ecp/high_school_sports/article/0,1626,ECP_751_1092569,00.html

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Other Finn stories:

http://www.myinky.com/ecp/local_sports/article/0,1626,ECP_749_1033387,00.html
http://www.myinky.com/ecp/local_sports/article/0,1626,ECP_749_994419,00.html
http://www.myinky.com/ecp/local_sports/article/0,1626,ECP_749_1034495,00.html
http://www.myinky.com/ecp/local_sports/article/0,1626,ECP_749_1023593,00.html




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