|Trevor Mbakwe is expected to be a dominant force in the Big Ten for Minnesota this season. (US Presswire)|
Minnesota star Trevor Mbakwe has been in the news quite a bit lately, primarily for his court hearing last month. While Mbakwe avoided possible jail time, it wasn't exactly a fall highlight for the Golden Gophers.
With just one week until the start of the 2012-13 season, Mbakwe could make headlines again. Late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, the potential All-American big man took to Twitter to show how confident he is in the Gophers this season.
That's how much I believe in this years team.— Trevor Mbakwe (@TMbakwe32) November 4, 2012
Some ppl say I'm cocky but that's not the case I just know how hard my teammate have worked and I believe in them and our coach #easychoice
— Trevor Mbakwe (@TMbakwe32) November 4, 2012
Minnesota is picked to finish sixth in the Big Ten this season -- right on the bubble of the NCAA tournament. If Mbakwe, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, and the rest of the Golden Gophers stay healthy, coach Tubby Smith has the pieces to make a run at a bid. Rodney Williams emerged as potential star in the NIT last season, while Mbakwe can be dominant. Throw in Austin Hollins, Andre Hollins and Joe Coleman on the perimeter, along with some good depth, and Mbakwe's self-wager doesn't seem crazy.
That said, a lot of eyeballs have been focused on Mbakwe because of his off-court incidents in the past couple of years. It might not have been the greatest idea to essentially "bet" tens of thousands of dollars on his team. You know, gambling and point-shaving scandals and all. Even if he's not necessarily putting money on his team to win, it still wasn't the smartest of tweets.
Love the confidence, though.