15 Joe Willman
Bucknell Places 262 Student-Athletes on University's 2013 Spring Semester Dean's List and 270 on Patriot League Academic Honor Roll
32 Student-Athletes Earned Perfect 4.0 GPAs this Spring
PL Scholar-Athlete of Year Mike Muscala headlines list, all five seniors make Honor Roll
Bison Basketball Star Receives Edward W. Pangburn Award at Annual Senior Athletic Awards Banquet
Muscala Named Team MVP for Third Straight Year
Bison Mentor Has Led Team to Three Straight Postseason Appearances
Bucknell Men's Basketball vs. Butler (NCAA)
Bucknell vs. Butler - AP Photos
Bucknell vs. Lafayette (AP)
One of three team captains in 2012-13 ... tough, intense, skilled forward who has been a key player since day one at Bucknell ... has played in all 133 of the team's games over the last three-plus seasons, breaking Bryan Cohen's school record for most games played ... one of the more underrated players in the Patriot League, although he did earn all-conference honors for the first time last season ... prototypical "4" man who can score both inside and out, and defend both big men and small forwards ... has become quite a weapon with his ability to knock down mid-range jumpers from anywhere on the court ... works well with classmate Mike Muscala when teamed together in the frontcourt ... came to Bucknell after a prolific high school career in New Jersey ... coaches refer to him as a "throw-back" type player who loves to compete ... also a very smart player who picked up the Bucknell system fairly quickly.
Team co-captain and returning starter as a senior ... named to Patriot League All-Tournament Team ... tallied 9 pts., 7 reb. in opening-night win at Purdue ... hit game-clinching FTs with 1.3 seconds left ... scored 10 pts. in win over George Mason ... 12 pts. in win at Niagara ... 10 pts., 6 reb., 3 asst. in win over New Mexico State ... solid game vs. Dartmouth with 13 pts., 4 reb., 3 asst., 3 blk. ... 13 pts. in comeback win at Columbia ... had 8 pts., 10 reb. in win over Kent State ... one of best games of career came in win over La Salle, with 18 pts. (9-13 FG), 12 reb., 3 asst. ... had 15 pts., 5 reb. in home win over Marist ... 15 pts. on 7-10 FG at Princeton ... at Loyola had 10 pts., 8 reb., and limited MAAC Preseason Player of Year Erik Etherly to 3 pts. ... terrific vs. Army with 18 pts. (8-12 FG) ... scored 1,000th career point at Colgate ... logged 15 pts., 9 reb. vs. Lehigh ... celebrated Senior Day with 14 pts. (7-12 FG), 9 reb. in win over Holy Cross ... big game at Holy Cross with team-high 16 pts. (7-9 FG), then had 14 pts. in rematch with Crusaders ... in PL final tallied 14 pts., 8 reb. (6 off. reb.) ... named PL Player of Week after La Salle game.
Started all 35 games for the Bison, averaging 10.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.5 apg ... led Patriot League in FG% (.528) ... shot 85.5 FT% ... 2nd on team in blocks (16) and steals (24) ... Earned Second Team All-Patriot League honors ... had a huge game at Vanderbilt, producing 17 pts. (8-12 FG) ... in win over Saint Francis (Pa.), scored 12 Bucknell pts. in an early 16-0 run and finished with 13 pts., 4 reb. ... continued fine early season play with 16 pts. (8-12 FG), 7 reb. at Marist ... had a solid game vs. Princeton with 9 pts., 5 reb., 4 asst., 3 blk. ... led team with 14 pts. at La Salle ... went 8-10 FG and scored team-high 16 pts. at Binghamton ... strong game at No. 1 Syracuse with 10 pts. and career-high 5 asst. ... scored career-high 19 pts. (17 in 1st half) in win at Boston University ... had a terrific game in win at Dartmouth, logging 15 pts. (7-10 FG), 7 reb., 2 stl., and career-high 6 asst. in career-high 37 min. ... grabbed 11 reb. at Army ... big night in home win over Lafayette with 17 pts. (8-13 FG), 8 reb., 2 stl. ... followed that up with 19 pts., 11 reb. vs. Lehigh ... in PL Tournament win over Navy had 18 pts. (8-11 FG), 3 asst. ... followed that up with 18 pts. (5-11 FG, 8-8 FT), 7 reb., 2 blk., 2 stl. in semifinal win over Lafayette ... averaged 15.3 ppg in PL Tournament and was named to All-Tournament Team ... tallied 10 pts., 5 reb., 2 stl. in career-high 39 min. in NIT win over Arizona ... had 8 pts. in 1st half vs. Wildcats.
Played in all 34 games, including 30 starts at the power forward spot ... suffered an ankle injury in the opening minute at Saint Francis (Pa.) and was hobbled for about a week, but other than that was the regular starter at the "4" ... had a big game on opening night at Marquette with 11 pts., 9 reb., career-high 4 asst. ... had second straight 9-reb. game vs. Binghamton ... scored all 15 pts. in 2nd half of win at Cornell, then 8 days later did the same thing at Loyola, scoring all of his 16 pts. in 2nd half ... went 7-11 FG in both games ... had 3rd 9-reb. game of season in win at Richmond ... big game in win at American, with 12 pts. (4-6 FG, 4-4 FT), 8 reb. in 21 min. ... added 13 pts. in home win over Holy Cross ... hit first career 3FG in that game ... went 4-4 FG and finished with 10 pts., 5 reb. in just 12 min. in home win over Colgate ... had 11 pts. and season-high 11 reb. at Army ... recorded 2nd straight double-double vs. Navy with career-high 18 pts. and 10 reb. ... broke out of brief shooting slump with 10 pts. (5-9 FG) in PL semifinal win over Lehigh ... ranked 9th in Patriot League in FG% (.466).
Made an immediate contribution as a freshman, appearing in all 31 games with 15 starts, and he was named to the Patriot League All-Rookie Team ... started the first 13 games of the season, then was very effective coming off the bench after the Bison went to a smaller starting lineup ... averaged 5.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg in 18.4 mpg ... shot 49.0 FG% and 67.9 FT% ... scored in double figures 5 times, including 4 games in a row against Patriot League competition in February ... in succession, had 12 pts. at Navy, 15 vs. American, 11 vs. Holy Cross and 14 vs. Lafayette ... made 24-38 FG (.632) in that stretch ... in 14 league games averaged 7.4 ppg and shot 57.9 FG% ... first career double-digit scoring game came at Providence (11 pts.) in 2nd game of season ... had big night vs. Saint Francis with 8 pts. and season-high 12 reb.
Full name is Joseph Victor Willman ... born Aug. 5, 1991 in Martinez, Calif. ... son of Robert and Peg Willman ... has four sisters, Megan, Mary, Therese and Annie-Rose ... father played basketball at Maritime College and mother was a swimmer at Adelphi ... four-year letterman and the all-time leading scorer and rebounder at Monmouth Regional High School in Tinton Falls, N.J. ... named team MVP as a junior and senior ... first team All-Shore Conference as a senior ... third team all-state and second team all-conference as a junior ... helped lead team to a Group III sectional title as a sophomore and division tities as a junior and senior ... team was 1-19 his freshman year, then 19-7 and sectional champs his sophomore season ... was having a big senior year until he suffered two broken wrists in a fall after a dunk late in January ... was averaging about 21 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists per game prior to the injury ... was leading the Shore Area in rebounding and was top 10 in points and steals ... despite the injury earned the James J. and Margaret M. Kerwin Award as the top Shore Area player ... averaged 16.4 ppg and 11.2 rpg as a junior ... majoring in management ... member of Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.