Jan. 31, 2013
From Bucknell Athletic Communications
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell seniors Bryson Johnson and Mike Muscala grabbed two of the five spots on the Capital One Academic All-District 2 Men's Basketball Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday. Johnson and Muscala both garnered their second career all-district citations, and both are now eligible for the national Academic All-America ballot.
In order to be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore, be a starter or key reserve, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or better. Johnson and Muscala were joined on the District 2 team by Louisville's Peyton Siva, Temple's T.J. DiLeo and George Washington's Nemanja Mikic. District 2 consists of all schools located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, Washington D.C. and Kentucky.
Johnson is a member of the Academic All-District Team for the second year in a row. An economics major with a 3.40 GPA, Johnson is averaging 11.0 points per game on the season and has hit a team-high 44 3-pointers.
With 294 career 3-pointers, Johnson has tied Kevin Bettencourt for the program record, and he is just eight treys away from the Patriot League's all-time record. Johnson has scored 1,249 career points, good for 14th on Bucknell's all-time list.
Johnson, who posted a 3.83 GPA in the 2012 fall semester, was a Patriot League All-Academic Team selection last season in addition to his Academic All-District honor. Off the court, he is involved with Bucknell's CHOICES program, which promotes non-alcoholic activities on campus.
Muscala, a management major with a 3.36 GPA, made the Academic All-District team as a sophomore in 2010-11 when he was also the Patriot League Player of the Year. Muscala joined Johnson on the Academic All-Patriot League Team last season, and this year he is one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, which honors student-athletes for their success on the court, in the classroom and for their character and service in the community. Muscala was also a Dean's List honoree this fall.
Muscala is in the midst of a sensational senior year, and he is stamping his name as one of the top players in Bucknell and Patriot League history. The 6'11" senior leads the league in scoring (19.4), rebounding (11.1) and blocked shots (2.9), and he also leads the team in assists with 61. He is one of only three players in the nation leading his team in all four of those categories, and he is the only Division I player in the country averaging at least 18 points and 11 rebounds per game.
Muscala also leads the country in double-doubles with 15, and his Academic All-District honor comes less than 24 hours after hitting the game-winning shot with 0.8 seconds left in a 56-55 road win over American on Wednesday night.
On Bucknell's all-time charts, Muscala ranks second in scoring (1825), third in rebounding (960) and second in blocks (254). In Patriot League history, he ranks sixth in points and second in both rebounds and blocks.
Bucknell and the men's basketball program have a long history of scholar-athlete success. Bucknell's 122 Academic All-Americans rank fifth among all Division I programs. This is the first time the Bison have claimed two Academic All-District selections since 1989, when Mike Butts and Bo Heiden both went on to earn national Academic All-America honors.