WCU looking for its first win in Spartanburg since 2006
Catamounts take on Alabama at 9 p.m. on the SEC Network
Head coach Larry Hunter is in search of win number 650
King eclipses 1,000 career point mark in Monday night's loss
Tawaski King collected his seventh career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds
Basketball Spotlight - Tawaski King
Western Carolina downed Wofford with a basket by Trey Sumler with two seconds left in the game. (Photos courtesy: Mark Haskett, WCU Public Relations)
Western Carolina basketball dropped a 79-74 battle to defending SoCon champion Davidson on Thursday night.
The WCU men's basketball team opened up the 2012-13 season officially with its first practice of the season in the Ramsey Center, Friday evening.
Points: 20, vs Davidson -- 03/05/12
Rebounds: 15, The Citadel -- 02/16/12
Assists: 3, 5 times
Steals: 4, Elon -- 01/26/12, Coastal Carolina -- 02/23/13, Liberty -- 12/31/12
Blocks: 4, Col. of Charleston -- 02/20/13
FG made: 8, at Kent State -- 11/21/13, at Presbyterian -- 11/17/11, vs Howard -- 11/21/12
FG attempts: 16, at Kent State -- 11/21/13
FT made: 10, vs Davidson -- 03/05/12
FT attempts: 12, vs Davidson -- 03/05/12
Games played: 2nd (134)
Offensive rebounds: 3rd (291)
Games started: t-4th (106)
Games started: t-1st (35 in 2011-12)
Games played: t-3rd (35 in 2011-12)
Games started: t-4th (33 in 2012-13)
Rebounding average: 8th (6.3 in 2012-13)
Offensive rebounds: t-9th (89 in 2012-13)
2013-14 (Senior): Appeared in all 31 games with 29 starts ... Tallied 14 points, 12 of which came in the first half, against UNC Asheville (11/11) ... Scored 10 points at Liberty (11/16) ...Tallied a season-high 17 points at Kent State (11/21) for back-to-back double-digit point games ... Played only one minute against NIagara (11/22) because of an ankle injury ... Did not record a field goal at Cleveland State (12/16) ... Made all six of his free throw attempts in the game tying him with 31 other Catamounts for best free throw percentage in a single-game ... Scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in the past two games -- UNCG (01/02) and Elon (01/04) ... Has scored nine points in back-to-back games -- at Georgia Southern (01/11) and against Samford (01/18) ... Did not start at The Citadel (01/25) for the first time 89 games dating back to the last game of his freshman season ... Scored 10 points including a crucial jumper in overtime in the win over App State (02/08) ... Scored in double-figures in back-to-back games with 13 points against Furman (02/10) ... Scored in double-digits in three of the final four games as a Catamount ... Tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double in the opening round win over Elon (03/07) in the SoCon Tournament Notched 10 points and nine rebounds in the finals against Wofford (03/10) ... Named to the SoCon Tournament Second Team.
2012-13 (Junior): 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 ... Started the season with 10 straight double-digit scoring games ... Opened the season with a double-double, 13 points and 10 rebounds at UNC Asheville (11/09) ... Scored 15 points at Western Kentucky (11/17) ... Went 8-of-11 for a season-high 19 points against Howard ... Was 6-of-9 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the free throw line for 18 points at Eastern Kentucky (12/01) ... Scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds against Appalachian State (12/08) ... Was a perfect 7-for-7 for 14 points at Samford (01/17) ... Grabbed nine rebounds and scored 12 points against Davidson (01/24) ... Tallied 16 points at Davidson (02/07) ... Had a career-high four blocks against the College of Charleston (02/20) ... Collected second double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds against Chattanooga (02/28) ... Ended the season with 13 points against the College of Charleston (03/09) in the SoCon Tournament.
2011-12 (Sophomore): One of only two Catamounts to start all 35 games during the season ... Averaged a career-best 7.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, ranking second on the team in the latter ... Shot 50.7-percent from the floor, making 109 of his 215 shot attempts ... Scored in double-digits 11 times including a stretch of five-straight in late January, early February ... Recorded his first collegiate double-figure scoring outing against Montreat College (11/15) finishing with 14 points ... Scored 16 points in 34 minutes on a perfect 8-for-8 shooting in the road win over Presbyterian (11/17) ... Posted his first collegiate double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds at home against Elon (1/26), following it up with a second double-double with 12 points and 11 boards at UNCG (1/28) ... Pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds in the home win over The Citadel including a career-best 12 defensive boards ... Averaged 10.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game during the four-game run in the Southern Conference Tournament to earn second team All-Tournament team accolades ... Scored a career-high 20 points with 10 rebounds in the double-overtime championship game against Davidson (3/5).
2010-11 (Freshman): Played in 32 of WCU's 33 games on the season making six-consecutive starts between the end of November and mid-December ... Averaged 3.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game as a rookie ... Made his collegiate debut at Clemson, entering the game as a substitution at the 16:09 mark of the first half in the season-opener ... Struggled against the Tigers, fouling out after only nine minutes of playing time ... In the second game at DePaul, connected on his first collegiate field goal on a lay-up at the 16:41 mark of the first half - just 13 seconds after entering the game as a sub ... Twice recorded double-digit rebounds with 10 against Bradley (11/30) and a career-best 12 at Chattanooga (12/4), scoring a career-high nine points in the latter.
Prior to Western: Averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks per game as a junior for Dublin HS and head coach Marvin Latham, helping guide the squad to a 31-1 overall record and AA State Championship ... Was a second team All-Region and All-Middle Georgia selection, while additionally garnering second team All-3-A Regional Tournament accolades ... Played AAU basketball with the Georgia Stars.
Personal: Full name is Tawaski Kentez King ... Teammates and coaches call him "T-Watt" or simply "Watt" ... Is the son of Tim Ray and Tamika King.