How can you have Trevor Mbakwe as the Best College Athlete. The University of Minnesota didn't even have him as a nominee for Male Athlete of the Year at their anual award banquet. How could you overlook Tony Nelson, (winner of Male Athlete of the Year) who won the NCAA title at HWT. The gopher basketball team was once again a team with a lot of talent that managed to throw it away and barely claw itself into the NCAA tournament. But I suppose leading a team to winning one game in the NCAA tournament (tied for 17th best team with 15 others), totally trumps leading a wrestling team to a 3rd place finish and winning an Individual title. Oh, and did I mention it was his second individual title in a row? I hope the City Pages makes the right pick next year when he wins his third crown.
Best College Athlete Minneapolis 2013 - Trevor Mbakwe
Sure, you can make all the jokes you want about Mbakwe — how he's played for the Gophers since the Clem Haskins (hell, the Jim Dutcher) era — but the sixth-year senior's recently completed college career is a case of perseverance. Three colleges and a number of injuries extended the 6-foot-8 forward's university days. His own failings — including a drunk-driving arrest last year that violated probation — have contributed to his trials. Yet when Mbakwe is on, he becomes an imposing presence on the court, ruling the boards (he was one of the leaders this season in rebounds in the Big Ten, a league that should issue pads for inside players) and providing a spark during a season that has seen as many ups and downs as Mbakwe's career. Mbakwe is tapped as an NBA prospect for next year, and he certainly has the seasoning and maturity to make it as a pro.