Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/28/11
MINNEAPOLIS Gophers forward Trevor Mbakwe's season is done. According to WCCO in Minneapolis, Mbakwe's knee injury suffered Sunday in Orlando was determined Monday to be a torn ACL, ending the University of Minnesota senior's season. WCCO reported that Mbakwe will have surgery on the knee in three weeks. Mbakwe's knee buckled early in the second half of the Gophers' 86-70 loss to Dayton on Sunday in the championship game of the Old Spice Classic. As Mbakwe went up for a rebound, his right knee gave way and he crumpled to the ground. After lying on the floor in pain, Mbakwe had to be helped off the court. As he walked toward the locker room, Mbakwe put little to no weight on his right leg. He later returned to the Gophers' bench with ice on his knee and a towel over his face to hide his emotions, but he again left for the locker room later in the game, this time on crutches. While the game was still in progress, Mbakwe tweeted: Lord please get me through this. After the game, he again took to Twitter to thank people for their support, adding: Minor setback for a MAJOR comeback. As a junior last year, Mbakwe led the Big Ten in rebounding, pulling down 10.5 boards per game. He also led the Gophers in scoring, averaging 13.9 points per game. Before the 2011-12 season started, Mbakwe was named to the Preseason All-Big Ten First Team. Mbakwe scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds Sunday before suffering the injury. Through seven games, he was averaging 14.0 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. Mbakwe, a graduate of St. Bernard's High School in St. Paul, began his college career at Marquette. But his freshman season was limited due to a sprained left knee ligament. After one year at Marquette, Mbakwe transferred to Miami Dade College, where he played his sophomore season. He then transferred again, this time to Minnesota, and redshirted the 2009-10 season. Following his breakout junior season with the Gophers, Mbakwe spent this past summer as a member of Team USA at the World University Games. The 6-foot-8 Mbakwe led the team in rebounding with 9.4 boards per game and was fourth in scoring (11.4 points per game). Despite his success as a junior, Mbakwe chose to return to Minnesota for his senior season rather than test the NBA draft waters. "I came close," Mbakwe said before the season, on leaving to go pro. "I thought about it, but I knew that I would need to come back. I wanted to finish off my career at the University of Minnesota."
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