Trevor Mbakwe Off to a Strong Start

Trevor Mbakwe, a 6-foot-8 junior power forward from St. Paul (MN) Henry Sibley who is considered the top player in Minnesota among the Class of 2007 along with Bloomington Jefferson center Cole Aldrich, is off to an excellent start this season. He is averaging 23.0 points and 14.2 rebounds per game this season for the Warriors, who are 3-2. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Mbakwe recently to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Trevor Mbakwe averaged 24.3 points and 13.6 rebounds per game last season and was named first-team All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Mbakwe briefly transferred to Marietta (GA) Wheeler this fall, but returned to Minnesota in September.

Mbakwe helped lead Henry Sibley to a 16-11 mark as a sophomore. He 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.

Henry Sibley is expected to be one of the top teams in the state and had been invited to the WBY Shootout in Milwaukee December 26-27 and the Minnesota Timberwolves Shootout at the Target Center January 14th, due to Mbakwe's abilities.

Mbakwe was academically ineligible for part of his freshman season, but has made strides in the classroom.

Last time I talked to you, you had narrowed your list of schools. Have you narrowed it down further?
"No. It is at six right now. Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Miami, Florida and Marquette. Marquette replaced Georgia Tech."
Are you planning on going to any college games in the next few weeks?
"Hopefully, depending on how our schedule goes. We go to Milwaukee, so I might try to visit Marquette down there."
You moved to Georgia briefly. Are you glad to be back, despite the cold weather?
"It feels good to be back. We were ranked pretty high coming in. We lost to Minnetonka, but it is a long season to go. It is good to be back where the environment is good and the support."
Now that you have moved back here, is it more likely that you would go to a school close to Minnesota and the Midwest? Or would you possibly go to a school in the south?
"It doesn't matter. Just whoever I feel best going to. The atmosphere. Hot or cold. It doesn't really play a role in where I want to go."
I don't know if you saw, but Coach (Dan) Monson and coach (James) Ware from Minnesota were in attendance for the Minnetonka game. Did you even know that?
"I knew that even before the game that Coach Monson and Coach Ware were going to be here. It is good to see them come here and show their support on a day off."
Do you kind of notice them or do you play different when you know coaches are there to watch you?
"I just play the same way I would any other day. It's nice knowing that a D1 college is here, but it does not change much. It doesn't make me play harder. It does not make me play calmer or relaxed. It is a plus, but I don't fell that it changes the way I play."
How about your summer plans? Are you playing for Howard Pulley? Are you going to the Nike Camp?
"For now, I'm playing for Pulley again. I have to go to the Nike camp this year, so I can boost my rankings a little bit and see how I fare against other top players in the nation." 
Talking to Rene Pulley, he said your team might even be going over to Europe?
"That is going to be a cool trip. I think it is for two weeks. The 17's are going to Europe. It is going to be a nice opportunity. I've never been outside of the country, so it will be nice and it is for two weeks."
Do you have a favorite school yet?
"It's pretty wide open."

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