Bucknell graduate Mike Muscala was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 44th pick of Thursday's night's NBA draft. The Mavericks reportedly will trade the 2013 Patriot League Player of the Year to the Atlanta Hawks. Muscala was taken in the second round of the draft after becoming the first player in Patriot League history to sweep the Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year awards in the same season.
The Hawks were the only team that worked out Muscala twice, doing so June 18 and this past Wednesday. He made 15 workouts for 14 NBA teams, including the Philadelphia 76ers. Muscala was the second Patriot League player chosen last night after Lehigh's C.J. McCollum was taken by the Portland Trail Blazers. The program's all-time leading scorer also is the third player drafted in Bucknell history, joining Al Leslie (1981) and Jaye Andrews (1985).
The 6-foot-11 center had one of the most dominant careers in Bucknell history, earning Patriot League all-star honors all four seasons there. He was a two-time Player of the Year, also winning the award as a sophomore and he led the Bison to the NCAA tournament that season and this past winter.
As a senior, Muscala averaged 18.7 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. He nearly averaged a double-double as a junior, averaging 17 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. He topped 2,000 career points and ranked second in program history in rebounds and blocked shots.
Muscala had the best shooting percentage of any player at the NBA Draft Combine and can take his game inside and outside. The Hawks have been a perennial playoff team and lost in the first round of this past season's playoffs, falling to the Indiana Pacers in six games.