#0 Michael Gbinije
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6'7" 200 lbs Forward
HS: Benedictine College Prep Richmond, VA
HS: Christchurch School Christchurch, VA
HS: Evangel Christian Chester, VA
Born: 6/5/1992 Hartford, CT
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3Pt 3PA % Asst Reb DReb OReb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
2012-13 So DNP - - - - -
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- - - - - - - - - - 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013-14 So G/F 34 0 497 35 92 38.0% 31 48 64.6% 14 43 34.9% 41 60 39 21 56 1 17 25 7 116 3.4 1.2 1.8
2014-15 Jr G/F 31 24 1050 138 300 46.0% 56 98 57.1% 49 125 39.2% 107 150 115 35 84 3 64 56 10 381 12.7 3.6 5.0
2015-16 Sr G/F 37 37 1403 225 488 46.1% 106 160 66.3% 91 233 39.1% 160 151 - - 98 3 105 71 13 647 17.5 4.1 4.1
Career    
102
61
2950
398
880
45.2%
193
306
63.1%
154
401
38.4%
308
361
154
56
238
7
186
152
30
1144
11.2
3.0
3.5

Michael Gbinije was a versatile guard and forward at Syracuse University, able to play anywhere from the small forward position to the point guard. He was an outstanding defender at the top of the Syracuse zone, and developed into a outstanding scorer and team leader.

Michael Gbinije Syracuse Orange BasketballGbinije transferred to Syracuse after one season at Duke University. He has played nineteen games as a freshman, scoring 33 points. He would redshirt the 2012-2013 season under NCAA transfer rules.

Duke Statistics
Season Cl Pos G GS Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3Pt 3PA % Asst Reb DReb OReb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
2011-12 Fr F 19 0 111 11 20 55.0% 7 7 100% 4 10 40.0% 3 16 --- --- 19 0 8 3 1 33 1.7 0.2 0.8
Career    
19
0
111
11
20
55.0%
7
7
100%
4
10
40.0%
3
16
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19
0
8
3
1
33
1.7
0.2
0.8

Gbinije moved primarily to the reserve guard position for his sophomore year at Syracuse, due to lack of guard depth on the team. He was the backup to point guard Tyler Ennis and shooting guard Trevor Cooney, occasionally also playing some time at forward. Gbinije was not much of a scoring threat when he was on the court, but he was able to run the offense, and play defense at the top of the zone as needed, giving the two starters a break when needed.

Gbinije would start his junior season as the sixth man; in that role he played more than 30 minutes a game. However, in early December when Tyler Roberson and B.J. Johnson both struggled on the court, Gbinije moved into the starting lineup for the remainder of the season. Gbinije would thrive as the third offensive option on the court. Teams double and triple teamed All American Rakeem Christmas down low, and Gbinije was very adept at driving the lane and taking advantage of the openings. The perimeter defenses concentrated on preventing Cooney from getting the open three point shot, and Gbinije would respond by making a high percentage of his three point shots. There was a four game stretch against Pittsburgh, Boston College, Duke and Louisville that Gbinije shot 13 of 23 from three point range (56.5%), 32 of 50 from the floor overall (64%), and averaged 22.2 ppg, including a season high 27 against Duke.

As his junior season progress, Gbinije was called upon more and more to run the point guard position, as freshman Kaleb Joseph continued to struggle. Gbinije would handle that role admirably. He would struggle with his free throw shooting for most of the season, working hard just to keep his free throw percentage around 50%. He would find his free throw shooting touch over the last eight games of the year.

His last name was pronounced Ben-I-Zhay, and fans nicknamed him 'Silent G'.

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