By The Daily Item
They have seemingly been tied together since they walked on to their respective campuses four years ago and things certainly have not changed as basketball standouts Mike Muscala of Bucknell and Lehigh's C.J. McCollum enter their senior seasons.
Not surprisingly, both are receiving plenty of preseason recognition heading into the 2012-13 campaign.
McCollum has been named to a number of Division I preseason All-America teams. In addition to his first-team honor from Sporting News, McCollum has been selected as a fourth-team preseason All-American by CBSSports.com and a first-team pick from SBNation.com.
Both players received preseason Mid-Major All-America recognition from NBCSports.com. McCollum made the first team and Muscala was on the second team as both players were regarded among the top 10 Mid-Major players in the nation. McCollum and Muscala were also both ranked among the top 100 players by CBSSports.com, with the Lehigh guard at No. 17 and the Bucknell forward/center at No. 80.
McCollum enters his senior season second in Patriot League history in career scoring. He needs only 151 points to break the League mark of 2,224 held by Holy Cross' Rob Feaster (1991-95), while he's 630 from breaking the school record of 2,703 currently held by Daren Queenan.
Muscala comes off another outstanding season for the Bison, who won the Patriot League regular-season title and advanced in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) with a 65-54 win at Arizona on March 14. Muscala was fourth in the Patriot League with 17.0 points per game and led all players by a wide margin with 9.1 rebounds per contest. He had 16 double-doubles for the season, including a 30-point, 14-rebound effort in the League Championship loss to Lehigh on March 7.
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