NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball senior Dylan Windler (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Nick Muszynski (Pickerington, Ohio) were honored as part of the year-end awards from Basketball Times this week.
Windler was named to the south region All-District team, while Muszynski was named national Second Team Freshman All-America.
Windler completed his remarkable Bruin career in style, leading Belmont to 27 victories, an OVC championship and victory in the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. The 6-8 guard/forward is the only player in America averaging at least 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. In addition, Windler stands as one of only eight players in OVC history - and four since 1971 - to record 1,600 career points and 1,000 rebounds.
Among Windler's many accolades, he was a two-time All-OVC First Team honoree, Mid-Major All-American, and finalist for the Julius Erving and Lou Henson player of the year awards. Off the floor, the Indianapolis native earned Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-America honors each of the last two seasons, and was recognized as part of the Senior CLASS Award and NABC Give Back Team programs.
Joining Windler on the south region team were Jeremiah Martin of Memphis, Garrison Mathews of Lipscomb, Tremont Waters of LSU and Quinndary Weatherspoon of Mississippi State.
Windler joins Alex Renfroe (2009) as the only Belmont players ever to receive Basketball Times All-District honors.
Meanwhile, 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 Pickerington, Ohio native is a finalist for the Kyle Macy Award presented annually to the top freshman in college basketball.
Joining Muszynski on the Freshman All-America teams were Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett of Duke, Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson of Kentucky, Coby White of North Carolina, Romeo Langford of Indiana, Lamine Diane of Cal State Northridge, Jaxson Hayes of Texas and Charles Bassey of Western Kentucky.
Muszynski joins Ian Clark (2010) as the only Belmont players ever to receive national freshman All-America honors.
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.