Michael Gbinije goes 49th overall to Detroit

Michael Gbinije has been selected by Detroit Pistons with the 49th overall pick. Details inside:

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Detroit Pistons have selected former Syracuse guard Michael Gbinije with the 49th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

A few reports earlier this week indicated Gbinije may make a late push into the 1st-round, although it didn't end up happening.

Gbinije, a 6-foot-7 guard/forward, led the Orange in scoring this season with just over 17 points per game. He shot just under 40 percent from 3-point range, and also tallied just under two steals per game. 

After committing to Duke out of high school, Gbinije transferred to Syracuse after his freshman year. SU assistant Mike Hopkins calls Gbinije one of Syracuse's most improved players in program history.

Adrian Autry, another SU assistant, had to persuade Jim Boeheim to take a chance on Gbinije once news broke he had decided to transfer. Boeheim didn't believe Gbinije was a good enough shooter, or player, to be effective at Syracuse, he told the media during the season.

Despite being 24-years-old, Gbinije believes he can contribute to an NBA organization. He has above-average athleticism, and is overall a good shooter - other than from the free throw line. His leadership doesn't go unnoticed, and his work ethic is second-to-none. He can become a nice role player in the league, especially in the right system. 

Gbinije joins Malachi Richardson as the two Syracuse Orange taken in this year's draft.


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