Report: Mbakwe commits to Gophers

The 6-foot-7 power forward reportedly called coach Tubby Smith Thursday night to let him know

Power forward Trevor Mbakwe committed to the Gophers basketball team Tuesday night, according to multiple reports, including GopherIllustrated.com and StarTribune.com. Mbakwe, who graduated from St. Bernard’s High School in St. Paul in 2007, played a year at Marquette University before transferring to Miami Dade Community College for this season. Mbakwe missed the first 22 games of the season with Marquette due to an isolated fibular collateral ligament sprain, which required surgery. He played the rest of the season off the bench, averaging less than 10 minutes per game along with 1.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Head coach Tom Crean, who recruited Mbakwe, left Marquette this spring to take a head coaching job at Indiana. A native of St. Paul, Mbakwe played three years for Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights before transferring to Class 1A private school St. Bernard’s for his senior season, where he led the Bulldogs to a 33-1 record. “Just seeing what coach Smith could do in one year … how he changed the whole atmosphere about the Gophers,” Mbakwe told the Star Tribune. “It was a one-way situation. And it’s home, too.”