Preseason All-Conference USA ... expected to be one of the premier players in the conference in 2003-04 ... leading returning scorer in C-USA.
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JUNIOR YEAR (2002-03): Selected to the second-team squad All-Conference USA ... named to the C-USA All-Tournament team ... also named MVP of the Sierra Providence Sun Classic ... became 15th UAB player to reach 1,000 career points, finishing the season with 1,137 points which ranks 14th in school history ... finished second in C-USA in scoring average with 18.3 ppg ... averaged 18.5 ppg in Conference USA tournament ... his 623 points were the fifth-most points scored in a season in school history ... ranked in C-USA's top-10 in six offensive categories ... led team with games in double-digits (31), games when scoring 30 or more (2), games when scoring 20 or more (11) and game-high scoring honors (20) ... also led team in three point percentage (.412), free throw percentage (.819) and minutes per contest (31.4) ... tallied season-high of 31 points against nationally-ranked Marquette (3/1) and Texas A&M-CC (12/19) ... connected on a career-high seven threes and scored 21 points in win over Houston (2/22) ... had 23 points and went 10-of-10 from the foul line in win over No. 6 Marquette (3/13) in C-USA Tournament ... collected 26 points including 6-of-11 from behind the arc vs. Nicholls State (12/17) ... scored 23 points and had a career-best eight assists and four steals against Chattanooga (11/24) ... had a game-high of 28 points (25 in the second half) in 28 minutes vs. South Florida (1/8) ... was 10-of-18 for 27 points and played a career-high 44 minutes against Southern Miss (2/4) ... scored 20 points and a career-high nine rebounds in C-USA championship game at Louisville (3/15) ... tallied 19 points and attempted career-high 20 shots in overtime win vs. TCU (2/18) ... had 24 points and was 5-of-6 from three-point range against Cincinnati.
SOPHOMORE YEAR (2001-02): Scored in double figures 17 times which was second-best on team ... scored 19 points in win over Memphis (2/8) ... also scored 15 versus TCU (2/12) and 18 against Tulane (2/16) ... tied career-high with four 3-pointers on three separate occasions against Tulane (2/16), Florida A&M (1/2), and Richmond (11/24) ... scored 12 points in first Memphis game (1/23) ... led team in rebounds with a career-high eight against Houston (1/19) ... scored a season-high 23 points against Louisville (1/5) ... scored in double figures in first eight games of season, scoring 17 points in each of the first two games ... had career-high seven assists vs. Alcorn State (12/4) ... shot 66.7 percent from three-point range against Miami (11/19) and 60 percent against Eastern Michigan (11/17).
FRESHMAN YEAR (1999-2000): Enjoyed his best day to date as a Blazer with a 32-point performance that lifted UAB to a 103-99 overtime victory against Fresno State (12/11) ... hit 12-of-18 shots from the floor and 5-of-6 shots from the line in 33 minutes of action ... added three straight double-figure scoring contests early in the season with 10 against Alabama A&M (11/23), 11 versus both Georgia Southern (11/27) and Texas-Pan American (12/1) ... scored at least 10 points in eight games ... played in all 28 games off the bench ... added 16 points against UT-Martin (12/21) and 14 versus Memphis (2/16).
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner for coach John T. Woody at LaFayette (Ala.) High School ... averaged 25.6 points and shot 42.6 percent from three-point range in his senior season for the Bulldogs ... led LaFayette to the AHSAA Class 4A title game as he scored 71 points in the two Final Four games ... was named to the Class 4A All-Tournament team ... selected Super All-State, No. 7 on The Birmingham News' "Super Seniors" list and was a first team All-State selection (The Birmingham News) ... played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game ... averaged 18.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game as a junior ... also played football and baseball for the Bulldogs.
PERSONAL: Full name is Morris O'neal Finley ...born August 2, 1981 in Opelika, Alabama ... son of Walter and Josephine Finley ... graduated in 2003 with a degree in psychology ...currently attending graduate school ... was LaFayette High School's senior class historian and a member of the National Honor Society ...cousin of former UAB player Chico Moore.