Dec. 21, 2012
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina redshirt junior guard Trey Sumler was today listed among 80 candidates for the 2013 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men's college basketball.
It is the second-straight year in which Sumler has been included on the group's first award watch list which features nominations solicited from all schools across the country. Sumler is one of three point guards from the Southern Conference listed on the first Cousy Award watch list, joined by Davidson's J.P. Kuhlman and Andrew Lawrence from the College of Charleston.
Also included on the list are guards Sumler has - or will - face in Malcolm Armstead from Wichita State and Trae Golden, point guard at Friday night's opponent, the University of Tennessee.
"The Hall of Fame is proud to continue its mission with Mr. Cousy to celebrate and honor the top collegiate point guards in the country," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "This list represents a large range of college basketball's top student athletes from across the country. We are excited to recognize these players for their continuous hard work and dedication."
"The Bob Cousy Award promotes the values of leadership, determination, and teamwork, all skills needed on the basketball court and in life," said Ken Kaufman, Chair of the Bob Cousy Award and former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). "Mr. Cousy exemplified all of these traits, and inspired so many people on and off the court. We hope that this coveted award continues to honor his legacy."
Sumler currently leads Western Carolina in four major offensive categories including scoring with a career-best 15.7 point per game average (fifth in the SoCon), assists (45), steals (18) and free throw percentage (78.3%). He is one of the few SoCon players to rank nationally in the five offensive categories including 3-point field goals made per game (1.91) in addition to the aforementioned four.
The Rocky Mount, N.C., native eclipsed the 1,000 point plateau earlier this season, ranking 38th in school history with 1,024 points at the time of nomination.
This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 around January 1, final 10 near February 1 and the final five by approximately March 1. A premier selection committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the final five candidates in contention for the nation's top collegiate point guard award. These Hall of Fame committees are made up of top college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, Sports Information Directors and Hall of Famers.
The winner of the 2013 Bob Cousy Award will be presented at the Hall of Fame's Class Announcement on Championship Monday in Atlanta as part of NCAA Final Four weekend.
Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph's), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A & M), DJ Augustin (Texas), Ty Lawson (North Carolina), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), Kemba Walker (Connecticut) and last year's recipient Kendall Marshall (North Carolina).
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Sumer and Western Carolina (4-7) face SEC-foe, Tennessee (6-3) on Friday evening at Thompson-Boling Arena with tip-off on Fox Sports South scheduled for 7:00 pm.