By The Daily Item
LEWISBURG -- Senior men's basketball standout Mike Muscala has already enjoyed a decorated career at Bucknell, and on Thursday he added another major accolade when he was named to the national Capital One Academic All-America Team. A two-time Academic All-District selection, Muscala earned Academic All-America honors for the first time, and he becomes Bucknell's 123rd all-time Academic All-American, fifth-most among all Division I programs.
The senior is in the midst of a sensational year, stamping his name as one of the top players in Bucknell and Patriot League history. The 6-foot-11 senior leads the league in scoring (19.1), rebounding (11.5) and blocked shots (2.7), and he also leads the team in assists with 71.
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 19, and he ranks third nationally in rebounding.
Muscala recently joined the exclusive 1,000-rebound club, making him only the second player in Bucknell and Patriot League history to reach that milestone. On Bucknell's all-time charts, Muscala ranks second in scoring (1,916), second in rebounding (1,025) and second in blocks (263).
In Patriot League history, he ranks fifth in points and second in both rebounds and blocks.
A six-time Patriot League Player of the Week this season, Muscala has helped lead the Bison into first place in the Patriot League standings with three games remaining. Now 22-5 overall and 9-2 in the Patriot League, Bucknell has a one-game lead over Lehigh and a two-game cushion over Lafayette.
Muscala was named to the Academic All-America Third Team, joining many of the top stars in college basketball this season. The first team honorees are Indiana's Cody Zeller, Duke's Mason Plumlee, Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk, Brown's Matthew Sullivan and Ohio State's Aaron Craft, who was named the Academic All-American of the Year.