Bucknell's Mike Muscala
March 27, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Six Patriot League players were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District Team on Tuesday, including five seniors who exit among the best players in League history.
Bucknell's Mike Muscala was the lone representative on the first team, while the second team consisted entirely of Patriot League standouts with Lehigh's Mackey McKnight and Gabe Knutson, Army's Ella Ellis, American's Stephen Lumpkins and Lafayette's Tony Johnson all making the list.
The Patriot League players were all selected in District 13. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, 242 student-athletes from 24 districts made the squad and are now eligible for the NBAC Coaches' Division I All-America teams.
The six selections are the most in Patriot League history, topping the four choices from both 2010 and 2012. Muscala was a first-team All-District pick for the third year in a row, while Ellis made the second team for the second straight season.
Muscala was joined on the first team by Harvard's Wesley Saunders and Syami Chambers, Princeton's Ian Hummer and NJIT's Chris Flores. 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. In addition to his NABC All-District honor, Muscala has already been named an ECAC All-Star and Lute Olson All-American in the past week.
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 his career 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.
The five second-team selections enjoyed outstanding seasons, with each except McKnight also wrapping up his career. Ellis and Johnson were first-team All-Patriot League picks along with Muscala, while Lumpkins and McKnight were each on the second team.
Ellis placed second in the Patriot League with 17.7 points per game, and in the top five in both free-throw and three-point percentage. Johnson was outstanding late in the season to lift Lafayette to the title game, and finished the year with 13.3 points and 4.8 assists per game while leading the Patriot League in field-goal percentage, assist/turnover ratio and steals. Lumpkins averaged 14.2 points and placed second in the Patriot League with 9.4 rebounds per game. McKnight put up 11.9 points per game and led the Patriot League with 4.9 assists per contest, while Knutson averaged 13.9 points per game.
Ellis finishes 17th in League annals with 1,585 points, while Knutson comes in 23rd in Patriot League history with 1,526 career points and 13th with 683 rebounds. Lumpkins ranks 41st in League history in scoring with 1,355 points, and trails only Foyle and Muscala to come in third in career rebounding with 883. Johnson ranks in the top 20 in League annals in assists (374) and top 25 in steals (160). Though still a junior with one season remaining, McKnight is already up to 14th in the record book with 386 assists.
For the complete NABC All-District teams, go here