2011 Intro: Michael Gbinije

Michael Gbinije is only a sophomore at Christchurch (Va.) High, but he's already picked up a pair of scholarship offers and interest from a handful of high major programs, including North Carolina.

The 6-foot-5, 180-pound small forward has already proven his skills and displayed his potential on the circuit.

At the recent Pangos All-South Underclassmen Camp, Gbinije (pronounced "Bin-uh-jay") was named to the all-star game and showed off his impressive skill set throughout the two-day event. He's a smooth wing that is capable of taking defenders off the dribble. His mid-range game is impressive and he's a knock down shooter from the three-point line.

College coaches have already taken notice of the promising prospect. He's already had representatives from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida, North Carolina, Georgetown, Ohio State and Clemson in to evaluate.

So why so much attention for Gbinije? According to his high school coach Glen Taylor, he's a special talent.

"The thing that jumps off the page is the first thing that I saw three years ago from just working showcasing camps, for his age and his position he just has an elite level of athleticism," Taylor said. "The next thing that jumps at me is his court savvy."

This past July, Gbinije played with Triple Threat and he got a chance to showcase his abilities playing up in the 17's division.

"I realized that I was playing against the best players in the country," Gbinije said. "At first it took me a while to adjust, but towards the end of the tournaments I was able to see where I was at and what I need to work on."

"As far as skill wise and knowledge of the game, I think I matched up well, but the strength wasn't there," he continued. "Quickness was there, but I have to make the decisions a whole lot quicker."

On the recruiting front, Gbinije already holds scholarship offers from Virginia Tech and Virginia. He's also taken unofficial trips to Duke, Virginia and Virginia Tech this summer. Then at the beginning of the school year he made a trip to North Carolina.

The Tar Heels have shown some early interest and sent an assistant coach in to evaluate him.

"I think they're a good program," Gbinije said. "They have a lot of teamwork and good coaching. If you want to go to the NBA that'll be a good school to prepare you for that. The academics are good there, so you can't go wrong there either."

While his recruitment is already underway, Gbinije appears to be just letting everything play out and doesn't plan on making an early college decision.

"I feel like with the way his recruitment is burgeoning in front of our eyes, he's going to have a ‘who's who' list of schools to choose from," Taylor said. "It'll just be a matter of him finding that total fit that he's looking for."

Gbinije is ranked No. 4 on Scout.com's preliminary Class of 2011 small forward list and a Top 25 prospect overall.

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