Trevor Mbakwe Faces Felony Battery Charge

Trevor Mbakwe, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward who is expected to add a physical presence to the Minnesota Gopher frontcourt, is facing a felony battery charge stemming from an April incident in Miami-Dade County, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Mbakwe has been playing for the Errol Carlstrom Playaz, leading them to a win over Sabes/TRP Group Tuesday. They will face B-2-X Wednesday.

Trevor Mbakwe was named FCAAA Southern Conference Player of the Year this past season at Miami-Dade (FL) CC as he averaged 16.3 points, 13.2 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots per game. He shot 61.1% from the field and 67.4% from the line. Mbakwe has paced the Sharks to a 26-3 record this past season and they finished ranked third in the country in the final NJCAA poll. Mbakwe is averaging 13.0 rebounds per game, third in the NJCAA. His inside game is likely to make an immediate impact for Minnesota next season.

Mbakwe is finishing a class online so he will be eligible to transfer to Minnesota and play this 2009-10 season. He had left Miami-Dade shortly after an April 3rd incident involving a Miami area woman. Mbakwe played as a freshman at Marquette, but left the Big East school after head coach Tom Crean left for Indiana.

Mbakwe recently talked to GoldenSports.Net about the rumors about him not playing for the team this season.

"I know that people have been mentioning about me not playing, but is not true. I'm here. Nothing's changed. I'm still going to be a Gopher. I am still going to continue to play my last two years. I had a reporter and one of my coaches bring it to my attention. I was shocked. There have been rumors during my entire high school career, so it was nothing new to me. I don't really pay attention to the message boards that much. It's a whole bunch of people who know basketball and some who don't who just go by what they read. I don't really put that much thought into it."

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