March 14, 2012
Center Valley, Pa. - The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced its Division I All-District teams on Wednesday, with four Patriot Leaguers making the list in District 13.
Lehigh junior C.J. McCollum and Bucknell junior Mike Muscala each made the first team, while American senior Charles Hinkle and Army junior Ella Ellis were on the second team. All four players were first-team All-Patriot League selections in February, with McCollum, Muscala and Hinkle continuing their seasons in postseason tournaments this week.
McCollum earns first-team All-District honors for the third time in as many seasons in his career, while Muscala is recognized on the first team for the second year in a row. The four selections match the 2010 season for the most in Patriot League history.
McCollum was named Patriot League Player of the Year for the second time in his career, and added the Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player Award while leading Lehigh to the League title with an 82-77 win on March 7 at Bucknell. He stands fifth in the country in scoring (21.9) and steals (2.6), and also ranks in the top five in the Patriot League in rebounds (6.5) and assists (3.5). McCollum earned six Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week awards, tying his single-season record set last year. He leads Lehigh into an NCAA Tournament second-round matchup on Friday against Duke at 7:15 p.m. on CBS.
Muscala had another outstanding season for the Bison, who won the Patriot League regular-season title and will play in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) at Arizona on Wednesday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2. He is fourth in the Patriot League with 16.7 points per game and leads all players by a wide margin with 8.9 rebounds per contest. He has 15 double-doubles for the season, including a 30-point, 14-rebound effort in the League Championship loss to Lehigh. Muscala earned first-team All-Patriot League honors for the second straight season after also receiving the Player of the Year award in 2011.
Hinkle had a breakout season for the Eagles, increasing his scoring average by nearly 14 points to place second behind McCollum in the Patriot League and among the leaders nationally with 18.3 points per game. He has hit 81 three-pointers and shoots better than 42 percent from beyond the arc. Hinkle and the Eagles fell to Lehigh in the Patriot League Tournament semifinals on March 3, but will continue their season on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. when they host Buffalo in a first-round game of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Ellis scored in double figures in all but one of Army's games, averaging 17.5 points and nearly five rebounds per contest for the year. He earned All-Patriot League honors for the first time.
The NABC All-District teams recognize the nation's best men's collegiate basketball student-athletes. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, these student-athletes represent the finest basketball players across America. The 240 student-athletes, from 24 districts, are eligible for the NABC Coaches' Division I All-America teams, to be announced on Tuesday, March 20.
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For more on the upcoming postseason tournaments, read the previews for Lehigh in the NCAA Tournament as well as Bucknell in the NIT and American in the CIT