Gophers forward Trevor Mbakwe can return to the Gophers for sixth year of NCAA hoops if he wants, and Tubby Smith thinks Mbakwe "wants to be here." The team sent a letter to the NCAA requesting an extra scholarship for Mbakwe next season.
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Gophers Trevor Mbakwe still waiting for NCAA eligibility decision
The injured senior forward could find out as early as next week if he'll get a sixth year of eligibility. The Pioneer Press reports coach Tubby Smith is "optimistic" Mbakwe will be given the opportunity to play. The St. Paul native suffered a knee injury that ended his season in November.
Mbakwe: 'It's going to be a tough decision'
The NCAA granted Gophers' forward Trevor Mbakwe a sixth year of eligibility on Friday, but Mbakwe hasn't decided if he'll return to the Gophers or enter the NBA draft. Mbakwe says "there's still possibility" that he'll enter the draft, but he also wants to help the Gophers get to the NCAA tournament.
Mbakwe injury puts pressure on Williams
Tubby Smith might make some big changes to the starting lineup now that Trevor Mbakwe is out for the season with a torn ACL. During his weekly radio show, Smith said Rodney Williams could start at power foward, where he'll be expected to be more of a rebounding presence.
U of M's Mbakwe applies for another year of eligibility with Gophers
Trevor Mbakwe wants an NCAA waiver that would make him eligible to play another year of college basketball. He's not saying whether he'd actually use that extra year at the U of M, but says he'd like the option to come back. Mbakwe was leading the Gophers in scoring and rebounding when he blew out his knee during a November holiday tournament.
Done deal: Gophers' Mbakwe gets 6th year of eligibility
Gophers' forward Trevor Mbakwe has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA. On his Twitter page, he writes that he's happy with the decision and "Gophernation is the best."
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