Men's Basketball


Michael Finke
Michael Finke
43

Class:
Freshman

Hometown:
Champaign, Ill.

High School:
Centennial

Height / Weight:
6-10 / 220

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
04/26/1996

HIGH SCHOOL

Averaged 19.6 points and 9.3 rebounds as a senior ... Scored a career-high 42 points in a win over Kankakee (Feb. 25, 2014) ... Class 3A first-team All-State by the Associated Press and Chicago Sun-Times ... Class 3A/4A first-team All-State by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) ... First team All-State by the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette ... Special mention All-State by the Chicago Tribune ... Two-time News-Gazette All-Area Player of the Year ... Averaged 16.6 points and 7.6 rebounds as a junior ... First-team All-State by AP and News-Gazette, second-team All-State by the Sun-Times and IBCA and special-mention All-State by the Tribune as a junior ... Finished prep career ranked fourth all-time at Centennial in scoring with 1,425 points and second all-time in rebounding with 711 boards ... High school coach was Tim Lavin ... Played for the Peoria Irish AAU program, coached by Gavin Sullivan.

PERSONAL

Born April 26, 1996 ... Majoring in communication ... Parents are Jeff and Laura Finke ... Father played two sports at Illinois, starting off in basketball (1987) before switching to football where he earned four Varsity "I" letters as a tight end (1987-90) ... Wears the same jersey number, 43, that his father wore for the Illini on the basketball court ... Has two younger brothers, Nick and Tim, and a younger sister, Ashley ... Honor roll student at Centennial ... Favorite player is LeBron James ... Favorite Fighting Illini players growing up were Dee Brown and Deron Williams ... Credits his father for most influencing his career, "He has helped me on and off the court throughout my life. I wouldn't be the person or player I am today without his guidance."

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