LEWISBURG — Bucknell senior basketball player Mike Muscala, who is on the verge of becoming the program's all-time leading scorer 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.
A standout both in the classroom and on the basketball court, Muscala, out of Roseville, Minn., 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.
Second Team honorees include Ben Averkamp of Loyola (Ill.), Matthew Dellavedova of Saint Mary’s, Nathan Healy of Appalachian State, Peyton Siva of Louisville and Andrew Smith of Butler. Muscala was joined on the Third Team by Indiana’s Jordan Hills, Santa Clara’s Marc Trasolini, Montana’s Mathais Ward and Campbell’s Darren White.
Muscala is the ninth Bucknell men’s basketball student-athlete to make the national Academic All-America Team, and the first since Valter Karavanic made it in back-to-back years in 1998 and 1999.
In order to be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore, be a starter or key reserve, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or better.
Muscala, a management major with a 3.36 GPA, made the Academic All-District team as a sophomore in 2010-11 when he was also the Patriot League Player of the Year. Muscala was named to the five-man Academic All-Patriot League Team last season, and this year he is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, which honors student-athletes for their success on the court, in the classroom and for their character and service in the community. Muscala was also a Dean’s List honoree this fall.