Dec. 31, 2013
Spartanburg, S.C. -
Senior guard Trey Sumler earned his second Player of the Week honors of the 2013-14 season as announced by the Southern Conference office Tuesday after averaging 26.3 points per game during a three-game stretch.
To go along with his 26.3 points per game, Sumler collected 6.3 rebounds and had 5.0 assists in the three games from December 18 through Monday night's 106-72 win over Milligan. Sumler tallied 18 points in WCU's win, 82-84, over Charleston Southern on December 18 before scoring a game-high 18 points in the Catamounts' 65-63 loss at Georgia on December 21. He finished the stretch with a career-high 40 points against Milligan becoming the third player in the SoCon and tenth player in the NCAA to eclipse the 40-point mark on the season.
A preseason all-conference selection, Sumler ranks third in the league in scoring at 19.8 ppg and is second in assists at 4.3 apg. He also ranks third in free throw shooting percentage at 84.4 percent from the line.
The league also honored Sumler with Player of the Week honors on November 26 for his performance at the three-game Coaches vs. Cancer Classic tournament in Kent, Ohio from November 21 through November 23.
Overall, Sumler has been awarded the top weekly individual mark four times as he was named Player of the Week during the 2011-12 season and during the 2012-13 season. He joins Kevin Martin as the only two Catamounts to earn the award from the conference office in three separate seasons. Martin was named Player of the Week a total of five times, once in 2001-02, once in 2002-03 and three times during 2003-04, but does not hold the record for most weekly honors dished out by the conference office. That falls to Frankie King, who was named Player of the Week a total of six times in his career. King earned the award four times in 1993-94 -- the most times a Catamount has been named Player of the Week in a season -- and twice in 1994-95.
Sumler joins Greg Dennis, who was named Player of the Week three times in 1979-80 and once during the 1981-82 season, with four total weekly awards, and passed former Catamount standout and current assistant coach Anquell McCollum
, who was name Player of the Week three consecutive weeks during the 1995-96 season en route to his 1996 Southern Conference Player of the Year honors.
Sumler will lead the Catamounts as they open Southern Conference play Thursday, January 2 at 7 p.m. in the Ramsey Center against UNCG. WCU will end its current three-game home stand with Elon, who was picked to win the league in the preseason, on January 4 at 2 p.m.