Trevor Mbakwe Continues Strong Play

Trevor Mbakwe, a 6-foot-8 forward from Miami-Dade (FL) CC who signed with Minnesota in the early signing period, has helped lead the Sharks to a 18-2 start and a #17 ranking in the latest NJCAA poll. The Sharks face Brevard CC tonight on the road. The Sharks lost to #1 Chipola 84-64 and had to forfeit a win over Florida CC of Jacksonville.

Miami Dade remained unbeaten in Southern Conference play, chalking up its eighth straight win with an 88-65 victory at home against Palm Beach (10-14, 0-4) Wednesday night.

Trevor Mbakwe is averaging 14.1 points, 12.3 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots per game this season. He is shooting 62.4% from the field and 66.4% from the line. He has gone to the charity stripe 146 times in 18 games. Mbakwe is eighth in the country in blocked shots and fourth in rebounding.

Mbakwe is one of four double-figure scorers for the Sharks. Sophomore guard James Beatty is averaging 14.2 points per game, Memphis signee Darnell Dodson is adding 14.8 points and Alabama transfer Rico Puckett is contributing 15.1 points per game. Memphis signee William Coleman is adding 11.3 points per contest. Miami-Dade is in the same region (8) as #1 Chipola and #10 Northwest Florida State College and would have to get by both teams if they hope to advance to the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas in March.

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