"We Drove Nine Hours to See the Game"

Trevor Mbakwe, a 6 foot 8 sophomore power forward from St. Paul (MN) and his mother Ana Mbakwe made the drive to Champaign Illinois. Their reason, to see the Illini take on the Number one team in the nation, read here at Illiniboard.Com to see what this was like for them.

Ana Mbakwe is the proud mother of Trevor Mbakwe who was rocking in Assembly Hall Wednesday night along with everyone else. When I told her I saw her over there rockin' and cheering, I thought she was going to check in the game. "It was awesome, my son and I loved every minute of that. Illinois plays so hard and plays the game the way it's supposed to be played. My son is 6-8 and we talked about seeing himself out there playing." Said Mbakwe.

"I tell my son life has a purpose, if you want to be successful in life, have a meaning for it and focus on what you want. We just didn't just look at how the game affected Illinois, we looked at Wake Forest and how their players handled the pressure. I told him that being ranked #1 was hard on them and nothing was working for them." Said Mbakwe.

Iowa St. is the only school that has offered a full scholarship to the rising star forward, but the Illini may not be too far behind. "They told me to work hard on my game and they were going to watch Trevor closely in the near future." Mbakwe said.

"The drive was a long one, but it was well worth it, the Illini fans were great. It's a lot different that what we are used to, no high school game is ever that loud." She said.

"We definitely plan to be back here real soon," in his most recent game he scored 32 points in their 76-62 win over St. Croix Lutheran.

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