Gbinije Ends Career On High Note

After four years of varsity basketball, Michael Gbinije's high school carer is over. So it's on to the next challenge for the 6-foot-6 swingman, but not before he shared his memories of high school ball and his plans for the future with TDD.

"We ended out season by winning a state championship," said Michael Gbinije. "It was really a great year and it was really rewarding to come away with the title. There isn't a better way to end your career."

In the state championship game Gbinije scored a game high 18 points as Benedictine pulled away from Blue Ridge 52-45 despite Blue Ridge enjoying a substantial size advantage in the frontcourt.

"We played really well on defense and just kept battling. It was a low scoring game and we really had to grind on defense. To come out on top means a lot to us because we proved the rankings weren't correct. Now I have to focus on improving my game and getting ready for what's next. It's like I'm switching my focus from one game to another."

Before making the switch, however, the five star prospect reflected on his recruiting and high school career.

"I built a very good relationship with Coach K and the assistant coaches, and that is what made my choice for me. The best memory I'll take from my high school career is winning the championship and getting wins in all the close games. There are no regrets for me."

For the season Gbinije averaged 20 points, five rebounds, and four assists per contest while leading the Cadets to a 26-5 overall record and the championship. Next up will be the post season activities including the All-Star game schedule.

"I'm really looking forward to playing in the Jordan Brand game. Between now and then I am really working to add some weight and to improve my game all around. I want to continue to get better as a shooter and I want to get stronger and have more explosiveness in my game."

While the All-Star game experience allows the top players from all over the country to compete against one another, there are many other perks available to those players.

"I'm really looking forward to meeting Michael Jordan. I know I'm a Duke guy, but I'm still a fan of him. Meeting him is going to have me hyped."

Following the All-Star games, Gbinije will move to Durham for summer school before starting a late summer practice schedule that will lead into Duke's August trips to China and Dubai.

"I'm really excited about all of the trips and getting to school. I've worked hard to get here, and the coaches have talked to me a little bit about what is going to happen with those trips. It seems like a great experience."

Gbinije says he'd like to wear number five when he arrives in Durham, but with that number being unavailable he'll decide on another number during the summer. Currently he is measuring out at 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds and is rated as the nation's fifth best small forward by

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