WCU lost only two players - one contributing player - from its 2012-13 roster that went 14-19 overall and 9-9 in the SoCon North Division to finish in third. The five returning seniors - Brandon Boggs, Tawaski King, Josh Mendenhall, Trey Sumler and Tom Tankelewicz - are expected to provide veteran leadership and production for the Catamounts. Sumler and King are the centerpieces with Sumler coming off a stellar season, finishing second in the SoCon in points per game with 18.4. King also scored in double-figures, 11 points per game, a season ago and averaged a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game. All told, WCU could have three players over the 1,000-point career plateau before the end of the season. Sumler, who crossed the threshold last year, sits at 1,439 career points, could be joined Boggs, who has 946 career points, and King, who has scored 749 career points.
The Catamounts were picked to finished third in the Southern Conference by the league's coaches and media with Sumler earning preseason all-conference honors. The senior from Rocky Mount, N.C. averaged 18.4 points per game -- second in the SoCon -- and a league high 37.7 minutes per game last year. He scored in double-figures 29 times, including 14 times with 20 or more points, while shooting 43.8 percent from the floor, 36.2 percent from behind the 3-point arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line.
WCU opens the season the second weekend of November with games against Wittenberg University on Friday, November 8 and UNC Asheville on Monday, November 11. All told, the Catamounts will play ten road contests with five home games before the start of the SoCon slate in early January.