2013 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Mike Muscala, Center, Bucknell

Name: Mike Muscala

Age: 21 (will be 22 by draft)

Height: 6-foot-11

Position: Center

School/Country: Bucknell

Latest Stats: 18.7 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 2.4 bpg, 2.3 apg

 

Bucknell senior forward Mike Muscala was undoubtedly one of the more unheralded guys in college basketball during the 2012-13 season. During his time at Bucknell, Muscala became the school’s all-time leading scorer, helped guide the Bison to two NCAA Tournament appearances and was a two-time AP All-American honorable mention. Muscala’s days at the college level are over, but his next endeavor is the 2013 NBA Draft.

Muscala is a worker and his 11.1 rebounds per game this past season serves as an easy indication to that. Muscala has the tools and the skill set to be a glue guy for whatever NBA franchise makes the decision to draft him and if he can find the right niche, he could have a long lasting career at the professional level.

Muscala should hear his name called on draft night as a likely second round selection.

 

Strengths: Muscala can score and rebound very well. He was a double-double machine at the collegiate level, finishing up his career as one of the more decorated players in Patriot League history. Muscala has a very refined offense game and can finish around the rim with a variety of moves. He has a great, soft touch on the offensive end and can also take contact and get to the free throw line.

 

Weaknesses: Muscala is not the most athletic of centers and he lacks the ability to be explosive. Muscala could have difficulty against bigger, more athletic front court contributors unless he can add to his upper body strength. He had an opportunity to improve his stock in the NCAA Tournament this past March, but Muscala didn’t do himself any favors in the Bison’s one and done situation.

 

Draft Projection: Early-to-Mid Second Round

 

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