At Bucknell, Mike Muscala didn't play in an offense in which he was able to maximize his potential.

At least, that’s his story and he's sticking to it.

“The system we played in was a half-court oriented offense. We valued really good shots and we didn't run in transition much,” said Muscala, a 6-10 center who averaged 18.9 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 blocks per game in leading the Patriot League champions to a 28-6 record. “We really took care of the ball. In a system like that, you’re not always going to display the kind of athleticism I have. That system garnered us a ton of success. That’s why we were so good. At the same time, I didn't show a lot of athleticism I have.”

Despite his size, which includes a 7-1 wingspan, Muscala didn't garner much attention at the pre-draft camp in Chicago two weeks ago, but several scouts noted what they called exactly that -- better-than-expected athleticism. The Atlanta Hawks and Sacramento Kings interviewed him there out of 30 NBA teams.

Although Muscala was a center, he has the ability to face up and shoot the mid-range jumper which also could make him viable as a stretch power forward. He drops steps, jab steps and go right or left. He finishes with his off-hand (left) comfortably inside the paint.

Before the draft lottery earlier this month, Muscala had been projected in several of many mock drafts to be taken by the Wizards who were slotted at No. 8 overall. They improved their position, however, and now are picking third which makes Muscala an unlikely selection unless the Wizard trade down or are able to trade back into the first round.

Unlike the raw likes of Steven Adams of Pittsburgh, who near 7-footer who has interviewed with the Wizards, Muscala is far more polished because he played all four years in college and wasn’t always a post player.