Whee are Committed

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.

2013-14 Seniors

Trey Sumler #5 Trey Sumler
Became 40th Catamount to eclipse the 1,000 point mark doing so against No. 13 Illinois (12/04) ... Currently ranked 16th with 1,439 career points ... Named to the Preseason All-Southern Conference Team ... Started and appeared in 32 of 33 games for the Catamounts ... Scored in double figures 29 times, 14 times with 20 or more points to lead the Southern Conference overall and in conference play ... Named to the SoCon All-Conference Team by the league's coaches ... Named to the SoCon First Team All-Conference by the league's media.

Tawaski King #32 Tawaski King
Has scored 749 career points ... Attempting to become 42nd Catamount all-time to reach 1,000 point mark ... Started in all 33 games for the Catamounts ... Averaged 31.7 minutes, 11 points, 6.3 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game ... Had 50.2 field goal percentage ... Ranked in five Southern Conference stat groups ... Second in the SoCon in offensive rebounds at 2.7 per game, 89 total ... Fifth in field goal percentage, tenth in rebounding, 15th in blocks and 24th in points per game ... Scored in double figures 21 times and had two games with double-digit rebounds.

Brandon Boggs #24 Brandon Boggs
Has 946 career points ... Seeking to become the 41st Catamount all-time break the 1,000 point mark ... Has 48 career blocks ... Needs seven to reach the top-ten for career blocks ... Played in all 101 of career games entering his senior season ... Appeared in all 33 games and made 22 starts ... Started the first six games of the season ... Made 16-straight starts midway through the season ... Averaged 26.1 minutes, 10.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game ... Scored in double figures 15 times ... Had 20 or more points three times ... Led the team in scoring four times.

Tom Tankelewicz #0 Tom Tankelewicz
Started in all 32 games for the Catamounts ... Finished with 309 points, averaging 9.7 points per game on 26.1 minutes per game ... Scored in double-digits 14 times including 20 or more points four times ... Led WCU in scoring three times and rebounding twice ... Eighty of 104 made baskets came from 3-point range, (77%) ... Ranked fifth in three-point makes in a single-season at 80 ... Led in the Southern Conference in 3pt field goals made ... Averaged 2.5 threes per game, finished ranked fifth in the WCU single-season records ... Finished ranked 10th in the Southern Conference at 38.6 percent from three.

Josh Mendenhall #14 Josh Mendenhall
Appeared in 23 games for the Catamounts ... Averaged 7.9 minutes, 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds per game ... Played double-digit minutes six times.


Returning Statistical Leaders

Games Played Four players 33
Games Started Tawaski King 33
Minutes/Game Trey Sumler 37.7
Field Goal % Josh Mendenhall .533
3-Point FGM Tom Tankelewicz 80
3-Point FG% Tom Tankelewicz .386
Free Throw % Tom Tankelewicz .913
Off. Reb/G Tawaski King 2.7
Assists/Game Trey Sumler 3.6
Blocks/Game Tawaski King 0.64
Steals/Game Trey Sumler 1.91
Points/Game Trey Sumler 18.4