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Sumler Earns Preseason All-Conference Honors, WCU Picked to Finish Third in Polls

Trey Sumler earned preseason all-conference honors from the league's coaches.

Oct. 17, 2013

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Spartanburg, S.C. - Headlined by Western Carolina's Trey Sumler's selection to the 2013-14 Preseason All-Conference Team by the league's coaches, the Southern Conference released its preseason polls and awards Thursday with the Catamounts picked to finish third by the league's coaches and media.

Sumler picks up his third preseason all-conference selection in his four-year career as a Catamount. Last season Sumler earned All-Southern Conference First Team honors as voted on by league's media and coaches at the end of the year and was named SoCon All-Tournament Team following the league's tournament. Sumler was also recognized for his play in 2011-12 SoCon Tournament with an all-tournament selection. At the conclusion of his redshirt freshman year - 2010-11, Sumler was named the SoCon Freshman of the Year by the league's coaches and media and was a member of the all-freshman team.

The senior from Rocky Mount, N.C. averaged 18.4 points per game -- second in the SoCon -- and a league high 37.7 minutes per game last year. He scored in double-figures 29 times, including 14 times with 20 or more points, while shooting 43.8 percent from the floor, 36.2 percent from behind the 3-point arc and 83.3 percent from the free throw line.

He became the 40th Catamount to eclipse the 1,000 career point barrier on December 4 against then No. 13 ranked Illinois. Since then Sumler, has continued to climb the career points list as his 1,439 points rank him 16th all-time. He ranks in the top-ten of six other career categories entering the 2013-14 season.

Joining Sumler on the preseason all-conference team, is Appalachian State's Jay Canty; Davidson' De'Mon Brooks; Elon's Ryley Beaumont, Jack Isenbarger and Lucas Troutman; Samford's Raijon Kelly and Tim Williams; Chattanooga's Z. Mason and Wofford's Karl Cochran. Brooks was named the SoCon Preseason Player of the Year.

Western Carolina was selected to finish third in both the media and coaches poll while earning one first place vote in the coaches, poll.



In the coaches' poll, Elon earned 96 total points, seven first place votes, to take the top spot with Davidson earning 90 points, three first place votes, in second. App State and Samford earned 67 points apiece tying for fourth place and rounding around the top-five.

Elon picked up 14 first place and 270 total points atop the media poll with Davidson taking 12 first place votes and 268 total points in a close second. WCU's 233 total points separated them from fourth place Samford, 176 total points, by 57 points. Wofford picked up 164 points to complete the top-five.

WCU returns 12 letter-winners off of last year's team that finished 14-19 overall and 9-9 in the SoCon - third in the North Division.

The Catamounts open the 2013-14 season in the Ramsey Center on Friday, November 8 at 7 p.m. against Wittenberg University.

Coaches' Poll
Team (1st-Place Votes) Total
1. Elon (7) 96
2. Davidson (3) 90
3. Western Carolina (1) 82
4. Appalachian State 67
Samford 67
6. Wofford 57
7. Chattanooga 50
8. UNCG 32
9. Georgia Southern 30
10. Furman 20
11. The Citadel 14

Media Poll
Team (1st-Place Votes) Total
1. Elon (14) 270
2. Davidson (12) 268
3. Western Carolina 233
4. Samford 176
5. Wofford 165
6. Appalachian State 164
7. Chattanooga 161
8. UNCG 98
9. Furman 69
10. Georgia Southern 66
11. The Citadel 46