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May 21, 2013

Professional basketball: Bucknell's Muscala writes in his 'Draft Diary' about NBA journey

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is Mike Muscala's own account of his journey to the NBA through the league's "Draft Diary."

Please visit the NBA's "All Ball Blog" at to read more on Muscala and other NBA rookie hopefuls.

I graduated from Bucknell University yesterday — what a feeling. I posted a Vine video from graduation on Twitter to commemorate the day, so check it out here: You can find me @mikejawz.

It was a great day where I ended one chapter and turned the page to the next. It was great, but a little bittersweet. I had an amazing time at Bucknell on and off the court, and it is truly a special place that I will miss. That being said, I'm definitely excited for all that is to come.

The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. I was at Bucknell in Lewisburg, PA, a couple weeks ago finishing up classes and taking a final. Then, it was back home in Minnesota for my little sister's confirmation. Last week, I flew out to Chicago for the NBA Pre-Draft Camp (more on that later), and I came straight to Lewisburg on Saturday night to make it in time for graduation on Sunday.

In between all of that, I've been working out and getting ready for the NBA Draft in Long Island, NY. With graduation behind me, I can now completely concentrate on basketball and am looking forward to traveling to different cities to work out for NBA teams.

n Pre-Draft Recap

I knew coming in to the Chicago combine that I had a lot to prove. I've always worked hard and had confidence in my game, but coming from a smaller school with less exposure, I wanted to make sure that I performed well. While it's easy to think that being from a small school can hurt you, the coaches I played for and the system I played in at Bucknell put me in this position to make the NBA.

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