Twitter is all the rage right now. Tell anyone that will listen everything you are doing. Or tell everyone that you think your team is going to win and promise to compensate your school if you do not. That is what Trevor Mbakwe has used Twitter for this time. In tweets from November 4 this Minnesota forward made the following statements, “I love my teammates. They have always been there for me. If we don’t make the tourney ill pay back this years scholarship”, and “That’s how much I believe in this years team.”
Every week a different player guarantees a win or a celebrity makes an empty promise, but hardly ever does someone promise to give back money. Confidence is an admirable and necessary quality in a player, especially a leader of a team. However, with leadership comes a necessity for being tactful, something this Golden Gopher missed. This Tubby Smith team is already reeling from a couple different scandals, the suspension of its best player and a DUI by one of the assistant coaches. Added pressure is the last thing this undermanned team needed and that is what it received from its supposed leader.
Mbakwe is a talented player, at 6-8 245 pounds, he has the size to dominate around the rim and also possess the skills to face up on the perimeter. In the 2010-11 season he averaged a double-double and started last year averaging nearly the same before tearing his ACL during a game versus Dayton. In the spring, following this injury, the NCAA granted him a sixth year of eligibility, which Mbakwe tends to ensure he uses to its fullest.