BOSTON - - Belmont University men's basketball freshman Nick Muszynski (Pickerington, Ohio) is a finalist for the 2019 Kyle Macy Award, CollegeInsider.com announced this week.
Muszynski, who was named OVC Freshman of the Year, All-OVC First Team and OVC All-Newcomer Team, delivered one of the most productive freshman seasons in program history.
The 6-11 center recorded 25 double figure scoring games and rose to the occasion on the biggest stages; including 20 points, six assists and three blocks shots at Murray State and 16 points vs. Temple in the NCAA Tournament.
Muszynski ranks among OVC leaders in six statistical categories, and is top 25 nationally in field goal percentage (.604) and blocked shots per game (2.19). His 89 assists rank second nationally for post players (Ethan Happ, Wisconsin).
The Kyle Macy Award is presented annually to the top freshman in college basketball. Macy was the 1975 Indiana "Mr. Basketball" and played his freshman season at Purdue University, averaging 13.8 points per game while leading the Boilermakers in free throws (85.9 percent for the season). He started in 25 of 27 games, helping them to a 16-11 season record. Macy then transferred to the University of Kentucky in 1976 and started every game for the Wildcats in 1977. A three-time All-America and three-time All-SEC player, Macy was a member of Kentucky's 1978 National Championship team. In his senior year of 1979-80, he became the first Kentucky player ever to be named consensus Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.
The recipient of the 2019 Kyle Macy Award will be announced April 5 at the College Insider Awards Event in Minneapolis, site of the 2019 Men's Final Four.
A complete list of finalists can be viewed at kylemacyaward.com.
Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 13 of the last 14 seasons, including eight berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 17 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs eight consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 14 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 17 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.