Sept. 29, 2013
College Sports Madness Preseason Southern Conference All-Conference Teams
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina guard Trey Sumler has been named Southern Conference Preseason Player of the Year and a SoCon All-Conference First Team member by College Sports Madness as announced Wednesday by the organization's staff.
Sumler, who was second in the SoCon and 44th in the NCAA with 18.4 points per game, earned All-SoCon First Team and SoCon All-Tournament team accolades from the 2012-2013 season. On the defensive end for the Catamounts Sumler averaged nearly two steals a contest at 1.91 per game ranking him 79th in the nation. His 37.7 minutes per game average was highest minutes per game average in the SoCon and ninth highest in the NCAA.
The Rocky Mount, N.C. native finished the season 43.8 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from three and 83.3 percent from the free throw line. He also handed out 114 assists and grabbed 144 rebounds. He made 32 of 33 starts and scored in double-digits 29 times - 14 times with 20 or more points.
His season-high and career-high points performance came against Elon on January 14 when he scored 32 points on 9-of-19 shooting from the floor and 5-of-7 from behind the arc.
He became the 40th Catamount to break the 1,000 career point plateau during the season and currently ranks 16th with 1,439 career points. He is on pace to pass former teammate, Harouna Mutombo, 1,578 points, and assistant coach Anquell McCollum, 1,777 points, as he continues to work his way up the Catamount career points list.
He is ranked in the top-ten in five other Catamount career lists - fifth with an 82.3 free throw percentage, eighth with 146 steals and three-point field goal percentage at 39.2, tied for ninth with 155 made threes and 348 made free throws and tenth with 358 career steals.
Sumler was named by a team captain by the 2013-14 Catamount players earlier in the preseason.
WCU opened the 2013-14 season with the first practice Saturday morning.
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