DATE OF BIRTH: JUNE 5, 1992
PLACE OF BIRTH: HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’7″, 200 LBS.
COLLEGE: SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
Michael Gbinije is a Nigerian-American basketball player drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the 2016 NBA Draft. Initially beginning his collegiate career at Duke University, Gbinije transferred to Syracuse following his freshman year. Gbinije averaged 17.5 PPG his senior year, scoring double figures in 36 games and scoring 20+ points in 12 contests. During the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Gbinije led 10th seeded Syracuse to an improbable Final Four appearance.
Born on June 5, 1992 in Hartford, CT and raised in Chester, VA, Gbinije graduated from Benedictine College Preparatory, leading the school to a Division 1 VISAA state championship his senior year. Gbinije was selected as a participant in the Jordan Brand Classic All-American game, and was ranked a top-30 recruit by both ESPNU and Scout.com. On March 11, 2010, Gbinije committed to Duke. Following the conclusion of his freshman year, Gbinije announced his intent to transfer to Syracuse.
After sitting out a season due to NCAA transfer rules, Gbinije kicked off the 2013-14 season against Cornell, filling out the stat sheet with six points, five assists, two steals and a blocked shot. As the season progressed, Gbinije was one of five Syracuse players who saw action in all 34 games, and logged 20 or more minutes in six of the last 11 games. Gbinije improved steadily during his junior year, averaging 12.7 PPG and 14.8 PPG in ACC play, and scoring double digits 21 times. Building off the success of his first two seasons of play at Syracuse, Gbinije impressed throughout his season year, scoring double figures in every single game. In his final home game at Syracuse, Gbinije posted a career-high 34 points and six assists in a Senior Day win against North Carolina State. Gbinije’s late-season success carried over to the NCAA Tournament, where he averaged 15.2 PPG, 3.6 APG and 4 rebounds per game during Syracuse’s Final Four run.
Gbinije’s family is familiar with athletic success in the collegiate ranks—his father, Frank, was an All-American soccer player at Temple University.
In April 2016, Roc Nation Sports announced the signing of Michael Gbinije to its roster of athletes.