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Bucknell great Muscala to have jersey retired

Mike Muscala, one of the all-time great players in the history of the Bucknell men’s basketball program and now a seven-year NBA veteran, will have his No. 31 jersey retired on Saturday, Feb. 15, during a halftime ceremony at the Bucknell-American game at Sojka Pavilion.

The festivities begin at 11 a.m. on Feb. 15, when Muscala will be the guest of honor at a brunch in the Terrace Room on campus. The brunch is open to the public at a cost of $20 per person. The Bison men’s basketball team will take on American at 2 p.m., and all fans will receive a free Muscala poster.

Muscala becomes the fifth Bucknell basketball player to have a jersey retired and commemorated as part of the newly renovated display on the east concourse of Sojka Pavilion. He joins Hal Danzig (No. 44) and Al Leslie (No. 22) from the men’s team, and Jennifer Walz (No. 12) and Molly Creamer (No. 23) from the women’s program.

Muscala came to Bucknell in the fall of 2009 and went on to author one of the finest careers in the storied history of the Bison men’s basketball program. Muscala was a versatile 6-foot-11 center who could score both inside and outside and with either hand, and he was also a dominant defensive player in the Patriot League.

Muscala graduated as Bucknell’s all-time leading scorer with 2,036 points, and he also ranked second in rebounds (1,093) and blocked shots (271). He became only the fifth 2,000-point scorer and just the second player with 1,000 rebounds in Patriot League history, and he is the only player to reach both milestones.

In July 2019, Muscala signed a free-agent contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and he is currently in his seventh season in the NBA.

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