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Mike Muscala

  • Full Name: Mike Muscala
  • Position: Center
  • Height/Weight: 7-0 / 230
  • Birthdate: July 1, 1991
  • College: Bucknell
Dallas Mavericks (Traded to Atlanta Hawks on draft night) Round 2: Pick 44
 

- 2013 Hawks Draftees Press Conference
- Get To Know Mike Muscala

Strengths
- Good low-post scoring skills
- Pick-and-pop potential; 3-point range
- Great defensive footwork
- Active rebounder
- Good shot blocker
- Good passer
- Good free-throw shooter

Weaknesses
- Has to get bigger and stronger

NBA projection
Muscala is projected as a second-round pick. He’s got an excellent chance to put together a solid NBA career because of his versatility on both ends of the court. “When you look at the way he can impact a game,” Bucknell assistant coach Dane Fischer said, “he pretty much does it every way you can.”

2012-13 Season
Muscala led the Patriot League in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots and helped Bucknell to a school- and league-record 28 wins and No. 11 seed in the NCAA tournament. He was the first player in Patriot history to sweep the league’s player of the year, defensive player of the year and scholar-athlete of the year awards. Muscala was also chosen a Capital One Academic All-American and played in the Reese’s Division I All-Star game at the Final Four, starting for the West team and finishing with 15 points and eight rebounds.

Key statistics
18.7 ppg | 11.1 rpg | 2.3 apg | 1.7 tpg | 2.3 bpg | 31.7 mpg | .509 FG | .250 3PT | .789 FT

Cool statistic
Muscala is the only player in Bucknell and Patriot League history to finish his career with at least 2000 points (2,036) and 1,000 rebounds (1,093).

Reminds me of...
Kirk Haston

What Insiders Say
Bucknell coach Dave Paulsen
"Whenever he works out for teams and interviews with them, when they get to know him as a person and see his skill level ... whatever he was ranked on their draft boards, his ranking will go up. No way you spend two hours with him and not come away totally impressed with not only his skill level, but his character."

What Outsiders Say
Butler senior center Andrew Smith
"Just watching film on him, you always try and look for tendencies of certain players. With him you couldn't really find one. He can go either shoulder, step out and hit the jump shot. He's a great player."

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch