Bucknell's Mike Muscala
March 27, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Bucknell senior center Mike Muscala earned an unprecedented awards haul from the Patriot League earlier in the month, and now the honors are coming in nationally for his outstanding 2012-13 campaign.
In the past week, Muscala has been named an ECAC All-Star, Lute Olson All-American and NABC All-District selection, where he made the first team while five Patriot Leaguers comprised the second team.
Muscala was also a first-team selection from the ECAC, where he made the top list along with Temple's Khalif Wyatt, Connecticut's Shabazz Napier, Iona's Lamont Jones, Duke's Mason Plumlee and Georgetown's Otto Porter, the ECAC Player of the Year. The Lute Olson All-America Team, which was released by College Insider.com, consisted of one squad of 21 players. Muscala was one of only six players from Mid-Major schools that were named to the list.
Muscala was joined on the NABC All-District first team by Harvard's Wesley Saunders and Syami Chambers, Princeton's Ian Hummer and NJIT's Chris Flores. The second team consisted entirely of Patriot League standouts with Lehigh's Mackey McKnight and Gabe Knutson, Lafayette's Tony Johnson, Army's Ella Ellis and American's Stephen Lumpkins all making the list.
Muscala became the first student-athlete in Patriot League history to win both the Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards, and did not stop there. He also received the Patriot League Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, and was named Patriot League Tournament Most Valuable Player for the second time after leading the Bison to the League title.
Muscala led the Patriot League in points (18.7), rebounds (11.1) and blocks (2.4). He stands fourth in the nation in rebounding, and set a Patriot League record with 378 boards for the season. Muscala is also in the top 40 in both points and blocks, and shot 50.9 percent from the field and 78.9 percent at the free-throw line for the season. His 22 double-doubles lead the nation, with three coming during the Patriot League Tournament.
Muscala finishes with top-five marks in three categories in the Patriot League all-time record book. His 1,093 boards are second in League history behind only the 1,103 of Colgate's Adonal Foyle (1994-97). Muscala finishes his career with 2,036 points, good for fourth place in League annals. He also comes in second place to Foyle with 270 career blocked shots.
Muscala makes the ECAC All-Star Team for the second year in a row after earning a spot on the second team last year. It is the second straight season with a first-team selection out of the Patriot League after Lehigh's C.J. McCollum earned that spot last year. Muscala also earns first-team All-District recognition for the third consecutive season.