20 Questions With A Digger: Nico Mucci
An integral cog in two-straight trips to the NCAA Tournament, as well as a pair of RMAC Championships, junior forward Nico Mucci took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with CSMOrediggers.com about his most overused phrase, his favorite thing about Golden, and the best way to describe head coach Pryor Orser, among others.
Currently the fourth-leading scorer on the Oredigger men's basketball team with an average of 9.5 points per game, Mucci earned his third-straight Academic All-RMAC honor earlier this season with a cumulative 3.42 grade point average in the Chemical Engineering discipline.
He is also third on the team with an average of 4.1 rebounds per game, and sits second among qualified players with 1.9 assists per contest.
So far this season, Mucci has started the 13 games he's played in an leads the team with a 58.8 shooting percentage from the perimeter, while knocking in all shots from the floor at a 51.1 percent clip. He also shoots 84.0 percent from the foul line, and is described by Orser as one of the team's top defenders.
The following 20 questions are a part of a continuing feature at your official internet destination for Mines Athletics.
20 Questions With A Digger: Nico Mucci
1. What is one thing people don't know about you?
I was a swimmer in high school and was probably better at that than I was at basketball.
2. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
That's tough, it would probably have to be flying though. Controlling stuff with my mind would be pretty cool, but being able to just take off and go wherever is hard to beat.
3. What is your dream job?
Doing some kind of medical research, preferably cancer related.
4. What is one thing you don't know how to do, but wish you did?
Chemical engineering…it would really come in handy on my tests and stuff.
5. If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would that be?
I'd trade places with Ron Burgundy. He is pretty much the coolest man in San Diego and it would be cool to be that awesome and respected.
6. What is the reason you decided to come to Mines?
I could get a top of the line education and play basketball.
7. When not in class or at practice, where can you most likely be found?
Probably outside, throwing a football or just walking around town with friends.
8. What is your favorite thing about Golden?
It's a really friendly atmosphere, has sort of a small town feel to it.
9. The best place to study on campus is?
I usually end up in the computer lab for most of it.
10. What is your favorite fast food place and why?
Whataburger because it's better than everywhere else…plus, honey-buttered chicken biscuits.
11. What word or phrase do you overuse the most?
I say bro a lot. Sometimes I say it to people that aren't even my bros.
12. What is the hardest class you've taken at Mines?
Probably ChemE Thermodynamics…I still don't know what happened in that class.
13. What is your proudest sports moment?
Last season when we double dipped and won both the regular season and conference tournament championships and were ranked No. 1 in the nation.
14. One word to describe head coach Pryor Orser is?
"Got-our-back"…it's a real word I promise.
15. Who is the funniest person on your team?
Probably Bryant Elrick when his little man syndrome is flared up.
16. What is your worst habit?
I tend to space out in class from time to time, and miss a majority of what is said in the time span.
17. What is one moment in history you would like to have witnessed?
I would like to have been there to witness Apollo 11 land on the moon. That was something that no one had really thought possible up until those years before it happened, and to be there when it was finally accomplished would have been really amazing and inspirational.
18. Other than your own, what is your favorite Mines team to watch play?
The football team.
19. What channel is your TV on most of the time?
20. How do you want people at Mines to remember you?
As someone who worked hard in the classroom and on the court and always did the best that they could.