Gbinije Attends Alumni Game

Roy Williams and his staff put together a big recruiting weekend built around their star studded Alumni Game on Friday evening. Michael Gbinije was among the visitors.

"It was fun," said Gbinije, who has transferred to Richmond (Va.) Benedictine for his junior season. "I got to see the players that went to UNC and are now in the NBA play each other."

"They introduced each player and gave their background and then their accomplishments in the NBA," he added. "It was their celebration and they talked about Dean Smith and they raised the championship banner. There was a lot going on."

Gbinije was joined by a number of other recruits including Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall, Reggie Bullock, P.J. Hairston, James McAdoo, Cody Zeller and Marshall Plumlee. The experience helped him get a better feel for the program.

"As a whole I think they have a very, very good program," Gbinije said. "I got to see the pros that they produce and all the championships, and the Final Fours and all the accomplishments they had. They did backgrounds on Coach Roy and Coach Dean Smith so I got to see the coaching staff that they had."

During Gbinije's trip to North Carolina on Friday he also got the opportunity to sit down with the basketball coaches and got a better understanding of where his recruitment stands with regards to UNC.

"It went great," the five-star prospect said. "I talked to them for a little bit. We were figuring out when they are going to come down and watch me workout."

At this point, Gbinije, who is ranked No. 14 overall in the 2011 class, does not have a scholarship offer from the Tar Heels. But according to the 6-foot-7, 180-pound small forward he may be the next in line.

"They talked to my dad and they said they have two offers to give for my class and they gave them to P.J [Hairston] and [James] McAdoo," he said. "They told my dad that if they had any more offers that I could get the next one."

Gbinije is also receiving strong interest from a number of high major programs. Among the schools involved are Wake Forest, Villanova, Duke, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Syracuse, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Virginia.

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