Thursday, January 17, 2013
Muscala's impressive season
By Luke Lapinski
Mike Muscala is putting together a pretty remarkable year. The senior big man is averaging a double-double (19.7 points and 10.9 rebounds) to go with 2.8 blocks per game. He's even chipping in 3.0 assists. And, given the way thing have played out in the Patriot League this season, he has Bucknell poised to make just the sixth trip to the NCAA Tournament in school history.
Of course, this isn't exactly Muscala's first monster season. He averaged 17.0 points and 9.1 boards last year, and took home conference Player of the Year honors as a sophomore in 2010-11. In fact, he and Lehigh's C.J. McCollum have passed that honor back and forth since they both broke into the league back in 2009. But, with McCollum sidelined for quite possibly the rest of the season, Muscala is clearly the top player in the conference right now. And he's raising his game to prove it. Last night, he filled the box score to the tune of 25 points, 10 rebounds, seven blocks, four assists and two steals. As Jeremy Lundblad of ESPN Stats and Information points out, the last player to reach those totals in a single game was Joel Przybilla for Minnesota in 2000. And the last senior to do it was Tim Duncan.
Muscala was already on a pretty good career trajectory entering the 2012-13 campaign. If he keeps producing at this rate, he'll see his NBA stock continue to rise and could certainly become a well-known name among college hoops fans this March.