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Michael Gbinije reportedly to transfer from Duke

Apr 15, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

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Michael Gbinije came to Duke as a 4-star prospect with size who could do a little bit of everything well, including shoot. But it didn’t help him get on the floor much.

So he’s ready to take those talents elsewhere.

The 6-7 wing is likely to transfer, per Brian McLawhorn of Villanova and Georgetown are among the places he’ll consider.

Now what?

Gbinije was part of a loaded 2011 recruiting class that featured five players rated among the top 50 prospects on But with Austin Rivers heading to the NBA and Gbinije out, that leaves three remaining. Duke only has shooting guard Rasheed Sulaimon coming this season.

That places added pressure to land either Tony Parker or Amile Jefferson among the top 2012 recruits remaining. Not that the Devils will be hurting for talent. They’ll vie with N.C. State as the ACC team to beat in 2012-13.

But it seems depth could be an issue.

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  1. imforbigblue - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    couldnt happen to a better and always over rated team. cant wait for uk to spank that ass next year!

    • tomshoe - Apr 15, 2012 at 10:42 PM

      Somehow, I don’t understand why people hate Duke so much. Is it because they win a lot?

      All Kentucky does is form superteams and win championships, and no one helps them.

      Please clarify.

      • astrozac - Apr 16, 2012 at 3:55 AM

        ^They’ve actually only won one championship in the Calipari “superteams” era, the same number Duke has, so maybe they’re always overrated too… Haven’t even played a game in the SEC yet, and this is helping elevate Kentucky up to Kansas level despisement….

        As I’ve said, I think this really hurts Duke, because Gbinije is the type of player, a true small forward/mid size athletic guy, that the program has been lacking the past season and past decade honestly save for Gerald Henderson.

        Unless they can land Jefferson, it only leaves RS Fresh Alex Murphy as the only small forward on the roster. Unless they could somehow bulk down Josh Hairston. Gbinije. was the one guy I was hoping that could step up into the rotation to fill the void. But, like last season it looks like it’s going to be three guards again(and none bigger than 6’4) with two big guys. One of the shooting guards needs to be able to be a defensive leader, if this team wants to get far in 2012-13…

      • roymac208 - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:48 AM

        I hate to say this but I think part of the reason is because Dick Vitale glorifies the team so much. Sometimes I think his remarks hurt the team more than they help. Just sayin’…….

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