Sophomore Trevor Mbakwe Continues to Shine

Trevor Mbakwe, a 6-foot-8 sophomore power forward from Mendota Heights (MN) Henry Sibley, continued his strong play as he scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds and four blocked shots in the Warriors' 62-58 win over Mendota Heights (MN) St. Thomas Academy. Mbakwe scored 16 points in the second half as Wisconsin assistant Greg Gard and Minnesota adminstrative assistant Jamie Ware watched. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Mbakwe after the game to find out the latest on the talented sophomore.

Trevor Mbakwe, who sat out two recent games for violating team rules, is leading the Metro area with 25.4 points per game. He scored a career-best 37 points versus Richfield on Friday.

Mbakwe has received a scholarship offer from Marquette and Iowa State and is considered one of the top players in Minnesota among the Class of 2007, along with Bloomington Jefferson center Cole Aldrich. Mbakwe will play in June's Nike Jamboree and has a chance to be invited to the Nike All-American Camp.

Obviously, a big match-up between the two of you. How did you think you played?
 
"I thought that I played good. We beat a good team in a conference game. He outplayed me in a few categories, but I felt good about the way I played and I helped my team win."
 
You missed a few games. Did it feel good to get back on the court? You had 37 on Friday in your first game back.
 
"It felt good. I sat out three games. We lost to Mahtomedi. That was a big loss for us. It was good to get back out there and help us beat St. Thomas. We showed our composure tonight." 
 
What is the latest on your recruitment? What schools are you hearing from now? Any new schools getting involved?
 
"You have to talk to Coach. He does not tell me."
 
Is Minnesota more in the mix now? I know that when I asked you about the Gophers before the season, you kind of chuckled. However, they are having a great season and I know that you have been to several games and that you and your coach was there on Saturday. Are they now more in the mix?
 
"Yes. I like them and they are playing well and are having a good season. Dan Monson is a good coach and it would be lovely one day, if I could play at Minnesota. But, you never know."

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