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Friday, February 15, 2008

Trevor Mbakwe cleared to play

OK, I guess it's rip the redshirt off of this talented kid and play for keeps the rest of the way......

For Immediate Release

Freshman Trevor Mbakwe Cleared To Play

Forward Could Make Golden Eagle Debut Friday Night Against Pittsburgh

Milwaukee – Freshman forward Trevor Mbakwe has received medical clearance for game competition and is available for this evening’s contest with Pittsburgh. Mbakwe had been sidelined since November following surgery to repair an isolated fibular collateral ligament sprain to his left knee.

“Trevor has made excellent progress in rehabilitation of his knee injury and he has passed all of the necessary orthopedic and functional tests,” said team physician Dr. Ted Gertel.

He received clearance to resume basketball activities several weeks ago by the team’s medical staff.

“It got to the point that my rehab workouts were harder than actually practicing and playing. I’m glad I was finally allowed to test the knee and to be cleared. Waiting has been really hard but I knew all along that at some point I was going to be able to come back and help our team this season,” said Mbakwe.

Mbakwe (M-bahk-we), a native of St. Paul, Minn., averaged 21.6 points, 12.7 rebounds and 4.5 blocks during his senior season at St. Bernard’s High School in 2007.

“Trevor made it clear to us early in the rehabilitation process his desire to return this season and we told him that the possibility to return would be a decision made by our medical staff,” said head coach Tom Crean. “He worked extremely hard throughout his rehabilitation and our team is excited to have him back.”


Anonymous said...

I hope he is worth the risk.

Anonymous said...

Hello, Sweet 16!

Gene Frenkle said...

Wow. They must really want this kid to play bad. And, he must be ready. At least...I sure hope he is. This just added a whole new level of excitement to the game tonight (and for the season hopefully).

Good luck Trevor.

Anonymous said...

This is huge if the hype is real. Hope they're not risking further injury.

Anonymous said...

To me this says Tommy is beginning to feel some heat. Why would you ever trade a quarter of a season for a whole season. Now we learn Tommy has myopia. What next?

Anonymous said...

I think it's well thought out. Number 1, the medical staff would no way allow Trevor to play if he was still rehabilitating.
Number 2, It was Trevor who worked hard to be in condition to play this year.
Number 3, Giving Trevor experience this year will just put him that much farther ahead in his skills and value for the team next year with the exit of Fitz, Trend and Ouseman
Number 4, We can use Trevor this year.
Number 5, Piss off preceding blog entry.
Go Marquette!

Anonymous said...

I don't think they did this because they wanted to, but rather that they needed to. Barro needs some help, as he's prone to foul trouble, and Burke is terrible.