June 21, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina point guard Trey Sumler was today named to the 2012-13 University Division All-State Men's Basketball team by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA). Sumler garnered second team plaudits by the group after leading the Catamounts in scoring and ranking among the Southern Conference's leaders.
Sumler is the fourth different Catamount to secure All-State accolades joining two-time recipient Harouna Mutombo (2011-12, 2008-09), Mike Williams (2010-11) and Nick Aldridge (2006-07).
Ten players representing seven different North Carolina universities were named to the 2012-13 NCCSIA University Division All-State Teams. UNCG's Trevis Simpson represented the SoCon on the first team with Sumler joined by Elon's Lucas Troutman on the second squad from league schools.
Nominees for the annual all-state awards were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals with NCCSIA members voting on the 10-member team, naming four squads between men and women in both the college and University (NCAA Division I) levels.
Sumler led Western Carolina - and ranked second in the SoCon - in scoring average last season, averaging 18.4 points per game. He posted double-digit scoring in 29 of the 32 games in which he saw action, recording 20-or-more points 14 times including a career-high 32 against Elon in the Ramsey Center. The Rocky Mount, N.C., native crested the 1,000-point plateau during his third season on the court, entering his senior year with 1,439 career points to rank 16th all-time in WCU school history.
All told, Sumler finished the season ranked inside the SoCon's Top 10 on five different statistical categories, pacing the league in scoring average in league-only games at 19.1 points per game. He ranked second in the league in steals per game (1.9 spg) overall while pacing the league in SoCon games at 2.2 thefts per outing.
A first team All-SoCon performer, Sumler also garnered first team all-tournament honors, landing on the honorary post-tournament squad for the second-straight season. He was just one of four players named to the 10-player team that did not play in the championship game - and the lone member of the first team not to at least play in the semifinals. Sumler averaged 26 points per game in WCU's two tournament games, scoring a game-high 27 points in the first round victory over The Citadel before recording 25 points in the quarterfinal match-up with the College of Charleston.
In addition to ranking on WCU's all-time career scoring charts (15th), Sumler enters his final season with 146 career steals to stand eighth in the school's ledgers, tied for ninth with Brandon Giles (2006-10) with 155 made 3-pointers and is 10th with 358 career assists.
Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
NCCSSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.
NCCSIA Men's Basketball University Division All-State First Team
F: Jeremy Atkinson , Sr., UNC Asheville
F: Keith Rendleman, Sr., UNC Wilmington
G: Trevis Simpson, Jr., UNC Greensboro
F: John Brown, R-Fr., High Point University
F: Maurice Kemp, Sr., East Carolina University
NCCSIA Men's Basketball University Division All-State Second Team
F: Lucas Troutman, Jr., Elon University
F: Stanton Kidd, Jr., North Carolina Central University
G: Jeremy Ingram, Jr., North Carolina Central University
F: Allan Chaney, Gr., High Point University
G: Trey Sumler, R-Jr., Western Carolina University
Previous WCU All-State Honorees:
2012-13 - Trey Sumler, G (2nd team)
2011-12 - Harouna Mutombo, G (2nd team)
2010-11 - Mike Williams, G (2nd team)
2008-09 - Harouna Mutombo, G (1st team)
2006-07 - Nick Aldridge, F (2nd team)