Mike Muscala is honest when he assesses how far he has to go to be a complete NBA player.
A 6-11 center from Bucknell, Muscala averaged 18.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 blocks last season. He believes offense will come first because defensively he's not there yet.
“I have to be stronger to be better defensively,” said Muscala, who weighed 230 pounds at the pre-draft combine last month in Chicago. “I’m a really good team defender because I talk well. That’s one thing that our coaches at Bucknell really stressed.
“One-on-one defensively, it’s going to be tough because there are great, phenomenal players in the league.”
Muscala ended the first week of individual workouts for the Wizards on Friday, along with Junior Cadougan (Marquette), Ella Ellis (Army), Lamont Jones (Iona), C.J. Aiken (St. Joseph’s) and A.J. Matthews (Farmingdale State).
It was the fourth of 12 scheduled individual workouts for Muscala before the June 27 draft.
The Wizards have the Nos. 3, 38 and 54 picks. Muscala likely will go late in the first round or drop to the second round.
He’s not a spectacular athlete, but Muscala was tireless running the floor during his workout. He’s a good face-up shooter and can convert jump hooks with both hands.
“While we played half-court, our coaches stressed running the floor,” he said of Bucknell. “I run the floor really well for my size. I might not necessarily play huge above the rim but I’m agile for my size.”