March 12, 2014
Kansas City, Mo. -
Western Carolina's senior guard Trey Sumler has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I District 22 First Team as voted on by the member coaches. The 252 total student-athletes from the 25 districts represent the finest basketball players across America and are eligible for the NABC Coaches' Division I All-America teams.
Sumler, who was named to all-conference first team by the league's coaches and media members, collects his fourth postseason award after being named all-tournament after leading the Catamounts to the Southern Conference Championship game.
Sumler led the Catamounts - sixth in the SoCon - with 17.4 points per game in 32 games played. He scored a total of 557 points, marking the second straight season with over 500 points after tallying 558 in 2012-13. Sumler led the league in assists per game at 4.3 and minutes played per game with 35.6, was 12th in steals at 1.1 per game and was third in assist to turnover ratio at 1.9.
He recorded the first double-double of the season for the Catamounts with 35 points and 11 assists against Niagara on November 22, and his best game of the season and career came against Milligan when he tallied a career-high 40 points. He scored in double digits in 27 games this season including 11 20-plus points games. In WCU's overtime win over No. 1 seed Davidson in the SoCon Tournament he notched 25 points.
He ended his Catamount career ranked in the top ten of 14 different statistical categories including third in points with 1,996 - ranking him 12th on the NCAA active career scoring leaders lists. He is also one of 27 active players with over 1,500 career points and 400 career assists as he finished his career with 494 assists - 7th on the all-time WCU career lists.
Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education. Additional information about the NABC, its programs and membership, can be found at www.nabc.org.