Mbakwe Makes Team USA

After six days of training, the final roster was set for the USA Men's World University Games Team. Late Wednesday, the 14-man list was shortened to a 12-player final roster. One player to make the last cut was Gopher forward Trevor Mbakwe.

Top college players from around the country have recently been in Colorado Springs, (Colo.) to compete for a spot on the USA Men's World University Games Team. After six days of tryouts, Minnesota big man Trevor Mbakwe was left standing as part of the final roster.

Mbakwe joins Tim Abromaitis (Notre Dame); Marcus Denmon (Missouri); Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh); Draymond Green (Michigan State); JaMychal Green (Alabama); Scoop Jardine(Syracuse); John Jenkins (Vanderbilt); Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara); Greg Mangano (Yale); Ray McCallum (Detroit Mercy); and Darius Miller (Kentucky).

Mbakwe and his United States teammates will be coached by Purdue head coach Matt Painter. Painter will also lead his two assistant coaches, Cuonzo Martin of Tennessee and Brad Stevens of Butler.

Due to Painter's familiarity with Mbakwe and his style of play, Gopher fans can expect to the star forward earn a sizable amount of minutes throughout the tournament. The team will leave for the event, which takes place in China, on August 8 to prepare for their first game of the competition on August 13.


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