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|Trevor Mbakwe earned second-team All-Big Ten honors last season before an impressive showing at the World University Games.|
"It's just a confidence-builder knowing that I’m able to compete," he said last week about his World University Games experience. "These same guys are some of the best players in the country and other countries, too."
Since Mbakwe earned second-team All-Big Ten honors last year, I think it's fair to expect him to achieve first-team all-conference honors and to play his way into the All-America conversation by the end of the 2011-12 campaign.
The Gophers coaching staff believes Mbakwe can have a special year that ends with national honors.