2007 Focus: Trevor Mbakwe

He might be young but he's a prospect we're watching with great interest. Trevor Mbakwe, a 6-foot-8, 220 pound power forward out of Mendota Heights (Minn.) Sibley, is a sophomore you need to become familiar with.

"Isaiah Dahlman is the best basketball player in the state of Minnesota but my kid is the best athlete in the state of Minnesota," Henry Sibley coach Tom Dasovich said. Considering Dahlman is a Top 40 prospect in the country, that's a pretty big statement but Dasovich has some ammo to back it up.

Sibley's sophomore Trevor Mbakwe is leading the state in scoring (25.7) and rebounding (14.7). Against Bryce Webster, another big time junior from Minnesota, Mbakwe stood his ground.

"It was a battle and they both got into foul trouble and Trevor probably handled his foul trouble a little bit better and that was probably the difference," Dasovich said. For the record, Mbakwe finished with 28 points and 16 boards to Webster's 25 and 10.

Forget the numbers, Dasovich said his kid has arrived. One newspaper article quoted an opposing coach, essentially backing up Dasovich, by saying that Mbakwe was the best sophomore in the state.

"He's got a 7-foot-2 inch wing span right now," Dasovich said. "He's got size 18 feet. I wouldn't be surprised if he's 6-11 by the time he walks out of here. He's kind of raw in his basketball skills right now but he's so physically dominant over sophomores and seniors right now."

Marquette and Iowa State have already offered. Minnesota and Iowa probably are not far behind in extending scholarships. College coaches are gradually hearing about Mbakwe and making their way to see him.

"The thing that I like about him is that he's still young," Dasovich said. "He has the standard 15 year old moments once in a while but he's very coachable and he responds to it very well."

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