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.
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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.

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