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College Sports

February 18, 2013

Todd Hummel's column on college sports: Basketball needs to be fixed


How big was Monday’s Bucknell-Lehigh game at Stabler Arena? The 50-seat press row at the venerable arena was filled for the game, including 10 NBA scouts. Three scouts from the Brooklyn Nets attended, as did two scouts from the Philadelphia 76ers, along with representatives from the Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks and Toronto Raptors.

With Bucknell and Lehigh graduating a lot of players after this season, those looking to figure out who might be the face of the Patriot League next season might want to look north to Colgate.

Red Raiders’ junior Murphy Burnatowski has the full compliment of offensive skills: a 3-point shot, the drive to the hoop, and the ability to get himself open against tough defense. Another plus to Burnatowski’s game, he’s left-handed.

Burnatowski had 23 points in a loss to Bucknell last Wednesday and 19 points in Colgate’s upset of Lehigh this past Saturday.

The 6-foot-7 forward from Canada is the second-leading scorer in the Patriot League behind Muscala at 17.1 points.

Another note, Burnatowski played with Bucknell guard Bryson Johnson in Canada. The Score, a Canadian sports network, came to Bucknell last Wednesday to film a segment on the two players.

Correspondent Todd Hummel covers college sports for The Daily Item. Email comments or questions to

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