Trevor Mbakwe to visit Minnesota this weekend

Trevor Mbakwe, a 6-foot-7 sophomore forward who left Marquette before the start of the school year and transferred to Miami-Dade (FL) CC, will visit Minnesota this weekend for Tubby's Tip-Off. Mbakwe is getting interest from Miami, Alabama, LSU and Minnesota, according to Miami-Dade head coach Matt Eisele.

Trevor Mbakwe, who had a 2.9 GPA at Marquette, has lived in Florida and Georgia before he moved to Minnesota.

Mbakwe was expected to be a key contributor last season as a freshman, but was declared out for the year after suffering a knee injury in practice. He underwent surgery on Nov. 9 but on Feb. 15 was declared fit to play and decided to take part in the final portion of the Golden Eagles' schedule rather than sit out the rest of the season as a redshirt.

He played in 10 games, averaging 1.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game as a reserve.

Mbakwe was named first-team All-Metro by GoldenSports.Net as a senior as he averaged 22.0 points per game to lead St. Bernard's to a 33-1 mark and a third-place finish in the Class A State Tournament. Mbakwe scored in double figures in every game this year.

St. Bernard's finished the regular season undefeated before losing to eventual state champion Ellsworth 85-73 in the semifinals, despite 18 points from Mbakwe. The Bulldogs rebounded to beat Barnum in the third-place game 67-44.

Mbakwe passed his college entrance test in the spring, but suffered an isolated fibular collateral ligament sprain to his left knee. The injury was expected to keep him out for the season, but he decided to play the final 11 games of the season. Mbakwe averaged 1.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in 9.3 minutes per contest.

Mbakwe averaged 21.2 points per game as a junior at Henry Sibley as he led the Warriors to a 17-11 mark. He scored in double figures in all but one game (nine points versus North St. Paul) and had 20 or more points in 15 of his 26 contests. He averaged 24.3 points and 13.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore and was named first-team All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Mbakwe briefly transferred to Marietta (GA) Wheeler before his junior season, but returned to Minnesota in September. There had been talk that he could be playing for Wheeler again as a senior, but since they started school in August, Mbakwe decided to transfer to St. Bernard's instead.

Mbakwe started the AAU season playing for the Howard Pulley Panther program, but switched to the World Wide Renegades, which played in the Reebok Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas.

He helped lead Henry Sibley to a 16-11 mark as a sophomore. He was invited to the 2005 Nike All-American Camp, but elected to bypass the event. Mbakwe played in the 2006 Reebok ABCD Camp.


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