Milwaukee – Sophomore forward Trevor Mbakwe of the Marquette University men's basketball has decided not to return to the program for his second season due to personal reasons.
Mbakwe made the MU coaching staff aware of his decision late Friday afternoon, just days before the start of the fall semester on Monday, August 25. The St. Paul, Minn., native and the rest of his teammates had each returned home following the conclusion of summer school and were due to report back to Milwaukee this weekend.
"I was shocked by the news and obviously caught off guard, having initially heard through one of my assistants his intent on Friday night and then having it confirmed over the last 36 hours," head coach Buzz Williams said. "He had a great summer in workouts and did well academically. Having said that, we want people here who are completely committed to being part of our program, our institution and our family. We all wish Trevor the best of luck."
After missing a majority of the 2007-08 because of a knee injury suffered in the preseason, Mbakwe made his Marquette debut on Feb. 15 against Pittsburgh and averaged 1.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in 11 overall appearances. He saw an average of 9.2 minutes per outing and shot 26.7 percent (4-of-15) from the floor and 47.4 percent (9-of-19) from the free throw line.