Marquette added a valuable cornerstone to it's future on Wednesday when 6-foot-8, 230-pound power forward Trevor Mbakwe verbally committed to the Big East school.
The three-star forward from Sibley High School in Mendota Heights, Minn., is one of the hardest working big men in the country and should give Tom Crean an immediate force on the boards.
According to his AAU coach Desmond Eastmond of the Worldwide Renegades, Marquette has a potential star in the rebounding department.
"He would have been great no matter where he went to school but I think he's going to be fabulous as a rebounder and defender from day one. I know they like him a lot at the four spot," Eastmond said. "I would not be surprised to see him lead the Big East one day in rebounding in his college career."
Marquette has always been a major player for Mbakwe, dating back to his freshman season. The longevity and patience paid off.
"They have been there since day one," Eastmond said. "He said he felt comfortable with them and they stuck with him no matter what."
Mbakwe is the second player to commit to Marquette, joining Wisconsin native Scott Christopherson.