Last year's ESPN recruiting rankings had guard/forward Michael Gbinije at No. 26 in the nation. After seeing limited playing time in his freshman year at Duke, Gbinije has decided to take his talents to Syracuse.
According to The Syracuse Post-Standard, Michael did not need to formally meet any coaches or players to reach a decision. Gbinije was already familiar with current Orange players Michael Carter-Williams and Rakeem Chirtmas from his time participating in the Jordan Brand Classic. He felt that Syracuse was a right fit for him.
In his senior year at Benedectine High School in Virginia, Gbinije averaged 25 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists per game. At 6'7'' and 194 pounds, Gbinije will provide another set of long arms in the 2-3 zone. He is a very dynamic player, as he can play anywhere from the 2-guard to power forward.
Due to transfer rules, Gbinije will be forced to sit out the 2012-2013 season and begin his three years of eligibility with the Orange during the 2013-2014 campaign, Syracuse's first year in the ACC.
When asked about playing in the same conference as Duke, Gbinije said, "Yeah, that's a little ironic."