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.
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 ... Enters 2013-14 ranked in the top-ten of six Western Carolina all-time records ... Fifth with a 82.3 free throw percentage ... Eighth with 146 steals and 39.2 3-point field goal percentage ... Tied for ninth with 155 threes made and 348 made free throws ... Tenth with 358 career assists ... Turned in 77 career double figure scoring games ... Led the team in scoring 35 times ... Eleven times in rebounding ... Nineteen career 20 plus points games ... Played in 100 of 101 possible games
2012-13 (Redshirt Junior):
Named 2012-13 preseason All-Southern Conference Team ... Started and appeared in 32 of 33 games for the Catamounts ... Missed game was a DNP coach's decision against Samford (03/02) ... 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 ... Named to the SoCon All-Tournament First Team ... Ended the season on an 11-game double-figure streak, second 11-game streak of the season ... Averaged 37.7 minutes, 18.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game ... Played 40 or more minutes 13 times ... Ninth in the NCAA in minutes played per game, led the Southern Conference ... Ranked 40th in the NCAA in points per game ... Top-ten in five SoCon stat categories, most notably second in scoring per game and steals per game ... Led the team in scoring 19 times, rebounding five times ... Notched first 20-point game of the season against Mars Hill (11/11) with 21 points in 25 minutes of action ... Scored 25 points at Western Kentucky (11/17) ... Named to the 2012 Cancun Challenge All-Tournament Team ... Averaged 16.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and two steals per game in Mexico ... Shot 57 percent (12-of-21) from the floor, 57 percent (4-of-7) from three and 83 percent (5 of 6) from the free throw line ... Tallied 24 points highlighted by an 8-for-8 performance from the free throw line against Furman (11/28) ... Grabbed a season-high nine rebounds at No. 13 Illinois (12/04) ... Scored 23 points in back-to-back games, at Tennessee (12/21) and Liberty (12/31) ... Made a season-high 11 free throws against UNCG (01/12) ... Set a new career-high with 32 points against Elon (01/14) on 9-of-19 shooting from the floor including 5-for-7 from three ... Earned only double-double of the season with 25 points and 12 assists at Chattanooga (01/19) ... Went a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line in the game ... Followed with 22 points against Davidson (01/24) ... Scored 21 points at Appalachian State (02/02) ... Went back-to-back games with over 20 points for the second time with 26 points against Wofford (02/11) and 21 points at UNCG (02/14) ... Hit the game-winner with two seconds to play against Wofford ... Earned SoCon Player of the Week for week 13 of the season (02/12) ... Scored 24 points against the College of Charleston (02/20) ... Ended the season with his third back-to-back 20 point streak with 27 points against The Citadel (03/08) and 25 points against CofC (03/09) in the SoCon Tournament ... Made a career-high 10 field goals in each game ... Went a season-high 10-for-15 for a 66.7 field goal percentage against the CofC.
2011-12 (Redshirt Sophomore): Started in all 35 of the Catamounts' games on the season ... Scored 472 points on the year to rank second on the team with a 13.5 point per game average which ranked 12th in the Southern Conference ... Reached double-digit scoring in 29 of the 35 games on the season ... Also averaged 4.9 rebounds per game to rank third on the team while pacing the squad with 145 assists, an average of 4.1 per game which ranked him fifth in the SoCon ... Ranked third in the league with an average of 36.3 minutes played per game ... Recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and a career-high 10 rebounds in the road win over Presbyterian (11/17) ... Suffered a broken finger against Kent State (12/10), but still managed to play 37 minutes of the game and score 19 points in the home loss ... Had surgery to repair the finger with a pair of small screws during WCU's exam week (12/12-12/16), returning to the line-up at Bradley (12/20), playing 39 minutes and scoring 11 points including eight from the free throw line ... Dished out a career-high 12 assists in the road loss at Chattanooga (1/5) ... the 12 assists were the most in a single-game by a Catamount since 2000 when Casey Rogers also dished out a dozen dimes in a home win over UNCG ... Scored a career-high 27 points in the home win over Appalachian State (2/25) ... Averaged 16 points, 6.5 rebounds and five assists per game in four contests in the SoCon Tournament to earn first team all-tournament team honors in Asheville ... Early in the season, was named to the Bob Cousy Award Watch List ... Was the lone Catamount named to the preseason All-Southern Conference team.
2010-11 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in all 33 games including 23 starts with 21-consecutive appearances in the starting lineup to conclude the season ... Averaged 31.3 minutes of playing time per game ... Ranked second on the team - and 22nd in the Southern Conference - with an 11.5 points per game average, recording 20 double-digit scoring outings ... Averaged 13.4 points per game against SoCon foes, tied for 16th in the league ... Selected as the "Mr. Hustle Spirit Award" winner by the coaching staff ... Boarded a career-high eight three times, finishing with a 4.0 rebound per game average ... Ranked third in the SoCon with a 43.7 3-point field goal percentage and was ninth with a 79.4 free throw seasonal free throw percentage ... Named Southern Conference Freshman of the Year by both the league's head coaches and voting members of the media and was named to the SoCon's All-Freshman team ... He is the second Catamount in the past three years to garner the conference's top rookie honor, joining Harouna Mutombo who earned the award in 2009 ... Saw his first collegiate action at Clemson in the 2010-11 season opener, entering the game at the 13:47 mark of the first half ... Connected on his first collegiate field goal at the 13:12 mark - a 3-pointer just 35 seconds into his college career - leading the Catamounts with a career-high 16 points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting night in the opener ... Made his first collegiate start on Dec. 4 at Chattanooga, finishing with eight points ... Posted double-digit scoring in a career-best eight-straight games from Dec. 12 at Ohio State through the road game at the College of Charleston - twice scoring 20-or-more points including 23 in the road win at Georgia Southern and a career-high 24 in the home victory over Davidson ... Connected on the game-winning free throws in the home victory over Chattanooga (2/11/11).
2009-10 (Freshman): Redshirted ... Received the squad's "Most Improved" award for his hard work on the practice court.
Prior to Western: Walked on to the Western Carolina men's basketball team following a prep career at Nash Central High School in Rocky Mount, N.C. ... An athletic wing who averaged 23.6 points per outing as a senior for the Bulldogs ... Was selected as the NEW-6 Conference's Boys Co-Player of the Year, sharing the award with Wilson Fike's Jeremy Atkinson ... Sumler helped the Bulldogs reach the Round of 16 of the Class 3-A State Playoffs, where NCHS was edged in the final minute by defending state champion Kinston ... Sumler collected 36 points in that outing ... Sumler scored a career-best 40 points against Bunn ... For his career, he tallied 1,921 points and was a first-team All-Conference pick four times ... He is also Nash Central's career leader in assists (405) and steals (260) ... Following his senior season, was named to play in the annual North Carolina-South Carolina All-Star Game.