Duke Basketball: Michael Gbinije to Transfer?

Curtis ClontzCorrespondent IIApril 15, 2012

DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 18:  Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils speaks to the crowd as he is acknowledged for breaking the record for wins in NCAA men's basketball at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 18, 2011 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Duke University is better known as Shooting Guard U.  It often seems like there is a magical tree that shoots out 6'2" three-point shooters somewhere behind Cameron Indoor Stadium.  While that is extremely important to what Duke does as a team, it very well may have just pushed one of their possible future stars right out of the door.

Devils Illustrated's Brian McLawhorn tweeted that sophomore Michael Gbinije is thinking about taking his talents elsewhere.  While he would not be the first Duke player to leave town, this one would certainly hurt.

It was often chronicled that he was disappointed and unhappy with how his first year at Duke was going.  Due to the lack of true wing players on the team, it was a fair bet that he would get his share of playing time throughout the season, but that never happened. 

During his tenure at Duke the 6'7" wingman has done very little to garner a ton of attention.  Throughout the year, he only played 111 minutes, scoring 33 points in all.  His best game was a beating of UNC-Greensboro, when he was able to tally eight points and three rebounds in 14 minutes of work.  

In all, he did not play in 15 games, with most of his minutes coming in garbage time of routings.  

Many of the Duke fans believed that Gbinije would get more playing time early. His height is something that could have helped Duke on several occasions.  

His defense and athleticism have been questioned, but his length would have been a welcome addition off of the bench especially as the Ryan Kelly injury was key down the stretch.

Gbinije is a hard-nosed player, but this situation wasn't ideal.  He was lost amongst the mix of Plumlee, Kelly, and the plethora of guards that Duke had on their roster.

If Gbinije does leave, he is considering Villanova and Georgetown as possible landing spots, according to MacLawhorn.

Duke has not officially announced this divorce, so there is a chance that he won't leave. As of now, it sounds like he is already packing his bags.