Sep 2, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Tawaski King and Southern Conference Player of the Year candidate, Trey Sumler, have been named 2013-14 men's basketball team captains as voted on by the team's players.
"It was not a great surprise to me that Tawaski and Trey were selected to be our captains again this year," said head men's basketball coach Larry Hunter. "They both command a lot of respect from their teammates because of the kind of people they are and how consistently hard they work."
King, who has 749 career points and 518 career rebounds, earns his team captain status for the second straight season. The senior forward from Dublin, Ga. is coming off his best season for the Catamounts in 2012-13. He averaged 11 points per game, 6.3 rebounds per game and shot 50.2 percent from the field. King finished the year ranked in five Southern Conference statistical categories including second in rebounds per game. He has started all 68 games over the past two seasons, 33 in 2012-13 and 35 in 2011-12.
Sumler, who is a preseason SoCon Player of the Year candidate, became the 40th Catamount to eclipse the 1,000 point mark in 2012-13. He currently ranks 16th all-time with 1,439 points. He is also ranked in the top-ten in six of WCU's all-time records. He has scored in double-figures 77 times, scored 2-or more points 19 times, led the team in scoring 35 times, had double-digit rebounds 11 times and played in a possible 100 of 101 career games.
In 2012-13, Sumler was named preseason All-SoCon, voted to the all-conference team by the league's coaches and media at the end of the season and earned all-tournament team at the SoCon Tournament. Sumler averaged 37.7 minutes per game, 18.4 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game 3.6 assists per game in 2012-13. He shot 43.8 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from three and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. He led the league in minutes played, finished ninth in the NCAA, and was ranked in the top-ten in four other stat categories.
"These two have a great feel for our system and philosophy of team, togetherness, toughness, and hard work," Hunter said. "We have a lot of good leaders on this team, and I expect that to be demonstrated throughout the course of the season."
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