Sixth year at U is in play for Trevor Mbakwe, but it's no slam dunk

  • Article by: AMELIA RAYNO and SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: March 24, 2012 - 10:08 AM

Trevor Mbakwe hasn't ruled out forgoing an extra year for the NBA. Plus, the Gophers don't have a scholarship available.

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slammanMar. 23, 1210:20 PM

Trevor Mbakwe will be a higher draft pick if he plays another year for the U of M. AND, it will be a lot of fun to see this group play.

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peeonyeeMar. 23, 1211:42 PM

I think "no slam dunk" is a tad hyperbolic. (1) We don't know if any of the current players who aren't getting much floor time now intend to transfer, (2) Trevor will be coming back because he was injured on November 27, 2012, and it takes between a year to year-and-a-half to get back to pre-injury shape, (3) When Trevor goes into the 2013 NBA Draft he could well perform to Lottery pick status, and finally (4) the 2012 NBA Draft is loaded with talented PFs who haven't incurred what Trevor has this year.

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hobie2Mar. 24, 1211:49 AM

If Mbwake goes pro and his knee isn't healed, his playing days are done and he gets to pay for the advanced degree, and that is a family burden of its own... Looking at the money first - If he doesn't go pro until next year, and the gophers do well - then coming out of the Big Ten, on a ranked team, maybe going two deep into the NCAA, and he performs as he had with EE and Walker to share some of abuse a big man sees - and he probably will be one of, if not the, best inside power forwards in the Big Ten for several reasons- he will be easily a first round pick - ... Big difference in NBA money - AND in NBA playing time, if he stays. If the knee is not going to hold up - college is the best call. If it is, college is the best call. If playing pro is what he wants...

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hobie2Mar. 24, 1211:53 AM

His biggest question, if it's family he considers important, is that when his kid grows up, will Mbwake turn to him and say - "My teammates and my family values were more important to me than the money - money would come anyway, if it was to be - and I want you to have that same set of values." Or will he say "I didn't get my master's and I went to the NBA for the money for you, and I want you to be the same way."... Nothing pejorative meant in my saying that - Will his kid see him with an advanced degree and a respected man of character in the community "for doing the right thing" (again, not saying staying is right or wrong, even though many say it's the right thing - he has to figure that out, but he will want to be able to defend it to his kid as what men do, so his kid will be proud of someday being like him).

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hobie2Mar. 24, 1211:58 AM

[I hate all the buttons that send posts too soon.. sorry - end of last post] ... or will his kid see him as sacrificing for his kid. (Personally, as a father, I would never want my kids to think I sacrificed for them.. what a selfish guilt trip to lay on a kid. So what you sell your kids is what you and your family are, and what you do.)

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rmoss01Mar. 24, 1212:41 PM

Google NBA 2012 Mock Drafts...Trevor Mbakwe isn't even included. Even a couple of mock drafts that included the 2nd round didn't show his name. His best hope to play professionally in 2012 would be either in Europe or try out for some NBA teams after the draft (Could even play in the D-League, too). Anyway, here are the factors considering his decision. One of Mbakwe's factors in turning pro is that he has a son to care for. Another factor is that the team has to find him a scholorship. One other factor is that he would have to show NBA teams/any professional team that his knee is ready to go. I'm guessing he stays, which would be good for him, the team, and Gopher fans.

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dewarfMar. 24, 12 1:39 PM

He'll be back. And will Tubby find him a scholarship? Non issue!

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