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It's official: Trevor Mbakwe is coming back for another season

Posted by: Michael Rand under Basketball, Gophers players Updated: April 16, 2012 - 12:10 PM

Announcing via a video (embedded below) that he has "unfinished business," Gophers forward Trevor Mbakwe will officially return for another season with the men's basketball team.

Mbakwe, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury in late November, was recently granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. He had hinted he was going to return, but Monday's announcement makes it official.

"I think it is beneficial for many reasons. It gives me the opportunity to play another year of college basketball and hopefully contribute to a team that showed it can be dangerous," Mbakwe said in a statement. “It also provides me with the opportunity to leave the university with a Master’s degree. That means a ton to me. Not many athletes have that chance to get multiple degrees during their stay and unfortunately it took an injury for me to have this opportunity but I am going to take full advantage of it. I am excited to get back on the court with my teammates.”

Said Gophers coach Tubby Smith: “He has obviously proven to be a dominant player in this league and I have no doubt that he will return to the form that made him that type of player. He will certainly be a welcomed addition to next year’s team.”
 

 

 

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