Trevor Mbakwe Transfers to Georgia High School

Trevor Mbakwe, a 6-foot-8 junior power forward, had been considered the top player in Minnesota among the Class of 2007 along with Bloomington Jefferson center Cole Aldrich. Mbakwe averaged 24.3 points per game this season for St. Paul (MN) Henry Sibley. However, Mbakwe has decided to transfer to Marietta (GA) Wheeler, according to Sibley head coach Tom Dasovich.

Trevor Mbakwe helped lead Henry Sibley to a 16-11 mark as a sophomore. Mbakwe spent the summer playing for the Howard Pulley Panther program. He was invited to the Nike All-American Camp, but elected to bypass the event.

There had been rumors about Mbakwe transferring to a school in Georgia or Florida for some time.

Sibley head coach Tom Dasovich said Mbakwe's decision to transfer came down to the last minute.

"The final decision was just made," Dasovich said. "He tried to work out ways for him to stay. He could possibly come back for his senior season."

Sibley had been expected to be one of the top teams in the state and had been invited to the WBY Shootout in December and the Timberwolves Shootout, due to Mbakwe's abilities. Dasovich said losing Mbakwe will have a huge impact on the team's success this season.

"We'll still be all right. We will be an above-average team, but it is tough to lose one of the top two or three players in the state."

Mbakwe was academically ineligible for part of his freshman season and will behind this season as Georgia high schools started in August. Dasovich said that academics will be crucial for Mbakwe to focus on at his new school.

"Academically, we had him on a good path. It will remain to be seen how that goes there. They have been in school for about amonth. He needs to post four good semesters."

Dasovich said that his recruitment should not change dramatically with the move.

"It might help some of the Midwest schools, if he was to want to come back here. Teams like Florida and Georgia Tech should be helped, due to their proximity. It doesn't hurt Minnesota."

Wheeler is annually one of the top programs in the state of Georgia. The school produced NBA forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Mbakwe's older brother attended Wheeler.

Mbakwe has already received scholarship offers from Marquette, Minnesota Iowa, Kansas, Iowa State and Arizona among others.

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