- Excellent rebounder
- 7-4 wingspan
- Good shot blocker
- Doesn’t have prototypical power forward size
- Face-up game needs work
- Previous knee injuries a concern
- Off-the-court issues dogged him in college
Mbakwe has been projected as a second-round pick. His previous knee problems and off-the-court issues may hold him back, along with his age (24). But if an NBA needs a rebounding/shot blocking reserve, he’s equipped to handle that role.
Mbakwe, who tore his ACL on Nov. 27, 2011, was granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA and made the most of it, earning third-team All-Big Ten honors by the leagues coaches and second team by the media. He led the Big Ten in rebounding.
10.0 ppg | 8.7 rpg | 1.2 apg | 2.0 tpg | 1.4 bpg | 24.9 mpg | .565 FG | .614 FT
In the last two full years he played, Mbakwe led the Big Ten in rebounding: (8.7 rpg in 2012-13 and 10.5 rpg in 2010-11).
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What Insiders Say
Minnesota forward Rodney Williams
"For him to come back and play with us one last time [after Mbakwe’s ACL surgery], everybody was excited. We needed him. If we didn't have Trevor, we are not the team we are now."
What Outsiders Say
Indiana coach Tom Crean
"I hope everybody that [criticized Mbakwe] will back off a little bit [after Mbakwe contributed 21 points and 12 rebounds in an upset of the Hoosiers]. He's a high-level, high-energy tough guy that plays the game at a desperate level."