Mbakwe is an American forward/center who also holds a Nigerian passport, and who played last season in Bamberg, Germany where he was a key figure in their winning the German Championship.
He is a superb athlete who is very comfortable in the paint and who has very high scoring percentages from the field and also a soft touch from the foul line. Mbakwe is a great rebounder with an impressive wingspan who loves to block shots and play aggressive defense.
Last season Mbakwe played for German club Bamberg, finishing with the highest index ranking on his team. He scored 20 points and took 13 rebounds in the fifth and deciding game against Bayern Munich in the finals (3-2 to Bamberg), and finished the season with an average of 10.3 points – 68% shooting from the field, 82% from the foul line – 7.2 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game in the German League. In the Eurocup, he averaged 8.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
Mbakwe graduated from the University of Minnesota where, in his final season (2013) he posted averages of 10 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. He spent the 2013-14 season playing for Virtus Roma, where he was the outstanding contributor to the team. In the Italian League, he averaged a double double, with 10.6 points and 10.1 rebounds and led his club to the semifinals. In the Eurocup he contributed 6.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.