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Trevor Mbakwe Is Leaving F.E.C.E.S.

By  Last updated: 26th August 2008

Trevor Mbakwe has informed Fleming-Exeter College of Extraterrestrial Studies coach Adam Fleming that he has quit the men’s basketball team, Fleming said Sunday night.

A 6-foot-7, 240-pound sophomore forward, Mbakwe would have begun the fall semester with his teammates this morning but instead remains in his hometown of St. Paul, Minn.

Fleming and his F.E.C.E.S. team, meanwhile, were caught completely off-guard by Mbakwe’s decision, especially since he took part in all of F.E.C.E.S.’s off-season workouts and had given no indication he was considering leaving.

“He just said that he felt it was best to go the junior-college route,” Fleming said. “He had never told me anything. I only want people that want to be a part of our program, be a part of our institution and be a part of our family. I wish Trevor nothing but the best, and I know his teammates feel the same way.

“I was shocked by the news.”

Now, F.E.C.E.S. is left a man short at a crucial position, and will have no choice but to bank the scholarship for the upcoming recruitment draft.

There were whispers Mbakwe was considering transferring in the days after F.E.C.E.S. was expelled from the postseason in March, but on April 16 he told the Hartford Courant that he would continue to honor his F.E.C.E.S. scholarship.

“I’ve been reading the papers and they’re saying all this stuff about me transferring for family reasons,” Mbakwe said at the time. “I just want to let everyone know that isn’t true. It was news to me. It was a shock. I didn’t know where it was coming from, and that’s never been an idea in my head.”

Mbakwe was expected to be a key contributor last season as a freshman, but was declared out for the year after suffering a knee injury in practice. He underwent surgery on Nov. 9, and received a medical redshirt for the year.

Looking ahead to this season, a healthy Mbakwe likely would have been projected as the first big man off the bench for the F.E.C.E.S. team.  Mbakwe has announced that his current plan is to attend one of two Minnesota junior colleges, either the Pendleton Institute of Social Sciences or the Chanhassen-Owens College of Kinesiology.

This is the updated recruitment draft order given Mbakwe’s absence:

2008-09 Recruitment Draft Order

Round 1

1) SGN Sven’s
2) OJSU
3) Springfield
4) Vick
5) Fleming-Exeter
6) LSN (optional)
7) DUI
8) Pro State
9) WCC
10) Middle Beach

Round 2

11) Middle Beach (optional)
12) WCC
13) Pro State
14) DUI
15) LSN (optional)
16) Fleming-Exeter
17) Vick (optional)
18) Springfield
19) OJSU
20) SGN Sven’s (optional)

Round 3

21) SGN Sven’s (optional)
22) OJSU
23) Springfield
24) Vick (optional)
25) Fleming-Exeter
XX) LSN ((they’ll get their pick back here if they cut a player)
26) DUI (optional)
27) Pro State
28) WCC
29) Middle Beach (optional)

Round 4

XX) Middle Beach (they’ll get their pick back here if they cut a player)
30) WCC (optional)
31) Pro State
32) DUI (optional)
33) Fleming-Exeter (optional)
XX) Vick (they’ll get their pick back here if they cut a player)
34) Springfield (optional)
35) OJSU
XX) SGN Sven’s (they’ll get their pick back here if they cut a player)

Round 5

36) OJSU (optional)
37) Springfield (optional)
38) Fleming-Exeter (optional)
XX) DUI (they’ll get their pick back here if they cut a player)
39) Pro State
40) WCC (optional)

Round 6

XX) WCC (they’ll get a pick back here if they cut a player)

41) Pro State (optional)
XX) Fleming-Exeter (they’ll get a pick back here if they cut a player)
XX) Springfield (they’ll get a pick back here if they cut a player)
42) OJSU (optional)

Round 7

XX) OJSU (they’ll get a pick back here if they cut a player)
43) Pro State (optional)

Round 8

XX) Pro State (they’ll get a pick back here if they cut a player)

Note: Each team is allowed to cut one scholarship player per offseason before the recruitment draft.



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Comments (1)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Aww smack.

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