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.