MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Multiple sources told WCCO-TV’s Mike Max Thursday night that University of Minnesota star forward Trevor Mbakwe has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

Mbakwe tore his ACL early in the season and had been contemplating turning professional after the season. Now that he’s been granted another year of eligibility, it’s up to him if he decides to accept it play another season for the Gophers.

Mbakwe already has his undergraduate degree and is still pursuing at least one degree in graduate school. He led the Gophers in scoring and rebounding before his season-ending injury.

It comes as big news for a team that lacked the dominating type of player the Gophers had inside once Mbakwe went down. Ralph Sampson III is graduating, and the other post players coming back are Elliott Eliason, Andre Ingram and Maurice Walker, who redshirted this season after going through off-season knee surgery.

There’s no guarantee that Mbakwe will take the extra year, but he at least has the option now. Between injuries and previous legal issues that are now resolved, he’s had a roller-coaster basketball career.

The current Gophers team is still focused on this season as they will travel to Madison Square Garden and take on Washington in the NIT semifinals next Tuesday night.

The University of Minnesota will make the announcement on Friday.

Comments (10)
  1. Brett says:

    I understand that this player has injury issues, but will he ever graduate? I hope so.

    1. the old nurse says:

      Your limited skills are showing.Try real hard to read the third paragraph.

  2. Gophers says:

    He has already graduated Brett

  3. Luke says:

    He’s on the “Van Wilder” graduation plan.

  4. msche says:

    It appears that he may even be pursuing more than one graduate degree. It’s not an issue of his education, it’s an issue of his playing basketball.. I hope he comes back for another year. As a season ticket holder, I would love to watch him one more year!

  5. Ship Man says:

    Wow six years ….His degree is probably something traditional for atheletes such as Classical Dance and should go along way once he makes the decision to start a career.

    1. Deep Thinker says:

      And you are who????????????????

  6. Bobby says:

    Hello Old Nurse Nice to see u again

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