While reaching new heights this past season with the programs first post season win in the NCAAD2 tournament win. The Javelinas season has unfortunately come to an end, but the Hogs have reason to believe that they will be back next year. The Hogs look to proceed past that next season. A key piece in the Javelinas puzzle will be G/F Trey Sumpter, who was just recently named to the South Central All- Tournament Team averaging 17.5 points with 4.5 rebounds per game, while shooting .611 from the field and .511 from behind the arc.
Sumpter being only a junior gives the Hogs reason to believe that they will have another historic season next year, as he will be returning to play as a senior for the Hogs. When asked about his recognition this year, and being named to the All-Tournament Team Sumpter relied saying, “ I couldn’t have gotten there without my teammates and coaches pushing me everyday to be great.”
The Javelinas (19-11) would defeat the No.1 seed University of Texas of the Permian Basin (26-6) in their first game 74-71 on a buzzer beater by senior Marcus Frazier as time expired.
“It felt like a movie. That will forever be the best moments of my life. At first I was just happy we won, then later as days passed. I realized how special and what it meant to the program,” said Frazier.
The Hogs would advance to face the No. 3 seed West Texas A&M University (25-8) the next day in which they were defeated 97-86. Reflecting back on the season Sumpter replied “I look back on it as a success. It was a great run that had its bumps in between but we stayed together, fought through it and took the program where it’s never been before.” “It’s been a wild ride. I was with a great group of guys, and I feel at ease knowing that we accomplished something that has never been done in Kingsville. We had an amazing year, and I think we reached Hogg Heaven,” said senior Duan Wright.
Next year the Javelinas will be losing five seniors including Wright and Frazier, and hope to ride their good chemistry into next season. “ Well me knowing how great the chemistry was this year. I know that next years team chemistry is going to be twice as good,” said Wright.
Sumpter, who will most likely be the Hogs focal point next year coming off his best season so far as a Javelna. Says that he is ready for the challenge and intends to work hard in the offseason to prepare. “I’m always ready for a challenge. I plan on working to become stronger, because I believe strength is a key factor. There is always room for improvement in all aspects of my game, replied Sumpter.