March 5, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina redshirt junior guard Trey Sumler was twice honored today by receiving All-Southern Conference plaudits from both the league's head coaches, as well as first team All-SoCon honors from the voting members of the SoCon Sports Media Association (SCSMA).
The post-season honor is the first for Sumler since garnering 2010-11 SoCon Freshman of the Year accolades. He was additionally named first team All-SoCon Tournament a year ago in helping guide the Catamounts to the 2012 championship game, playing four games in four days.
A combined 10 players were named All-SoCon by the league's head coaches including two from South Division Champion Davidson and a pair from North Division victor, Elon. Combined, six players from the North Division including Sumler and four from the South were honored by the coaches.
The media association's tabulations included three, five-member teams as well as an all-freshman squad. At least one member of 11 of the 12 SoCon schools was represented on the media tabulations. Samford had four players honored among the 20 recognized including two on the All-Freshman team while Davidson had three players selected, two on the first team.
Sumler finished the 2012-13 regular season ranked inside the SoCon's Top 10 on five different statistical categories. He led the Catamounts in scoring with a career-best 17.9 point per game average - a mark which ranked him second in the league. He posted double-digit scoring in 27 of the 30 games in which he saw action, recording 20-or-more points 12 times including a career-high 32 against Elon in the Ramsey Center.
In SoCon play, Sumler paced the conference in scoring in league-only games with a 19.1 point per game average while also leading the conference in steals with 2.2 thefts per game. All told, he led the conference in overall minutes played, averaging 37.7 on the year which jumped to 39.2 minutes per game in SoCon games.
A native of Rocky Mount, N.C., Sumler earned weekly plaudits from the SoCon in mid-February after keying WCU to a 2-1 week. He averaged 19.7 points per game in the three-game swing with 16 points against Davidson, 17 at Georgia Southern and a game-high 26 against Wofford, scoring 14 of the team's final 16 points including the final two on a last-second, game-winning runner with 2.3 seconds remaining.
Sumler enters this weekend's tournament with 1,387 career points to rank 18th in school history after becoming the 40th different Catamount to eclipse the 1,000-point mark in a career. He additionally ranks on three career Top 10 ledgers in program history including nine with 143 career steals, and 10th on the career assists chart with 353 and 10th with 150 made 3-pointers.
Davidson's Jake Cohen garnered both Player of the Year plaudits from the coaches and media with rookie post Tim Williams of Samford sweeping the Freshman of the Year accolades. The coaches additionally tabbed Appalachian State's Nathan Healy as the Defensive Player of the Year while also selecting Davidson's Bob McKillop as Coach of the Year. The SCSMA picked Elon's Matt Matheny for its' Anton Foy Coach of the Year award.
Seeded sixth in the tournament, Western Carolina (13-18) faces No. 11 seed The Citadel (8-21) in the final game of opening day on Friday at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, N.C. It's the fourth-time the Catamounts and Bulldogs have squared off in the post-season tourney, all coming in the opening round with WCU taking two of the first three. Tip-off is scheduled for approximately 8:30 pm.
NOTE: Be sure to join Catamount fans as well as the men's and women's basketball team, coaches and staff at the Lexington Avenue Brewery (LAB) in Asheville on Thursday night at 7 pm for a special "Purple Pep Rally" at "Catamount Central," presented by Wells Fargo.