Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Duke transfer Michael Gbinije could make ACC history.
The 6-foot-6 small forward committed to Syracuse Friday while on a visit with his father, Frank.
He will end up playing four years in the ACC — for two different schools.
“Yeah, that’s a little ironic,’’ Gbinije told the Syracuse Post-Standard after the news was first reported by SNY.tv late Friday night.
He would have played one year at Duke in the ACC, then will spend a year in the Big East (sitting out as per transfer rules) and then will finish his career back in the ACC with three years at Syracuse once the school changes leagues in 2013.
ACC rules do not permit transferring from one league school to another, but in this case Gbinije would be leaving the ACC for the Big East and then winding up back in the ACC when Pitt and Syracuse join the league after next season.
“It felt like Syracuse was a good fit for me,’’ Gbinije told the Post-Standard. “I knew most of the players there. I played with Rakeem [Christmas] and Michael [Carter-Williams] at the Jordan Classic. I’ve met Trevor Cooney. I just felt comfortable there.’’
Gbinije played for Team Takeover, the same AAU program that produced incoming Syracuse forward Jerami Grant.
Both players play the same position, small forward, and Grant will be a sophomore when Gbinije becomes eligible.
Gbinije averaged 1.7 points and 0.8 rebounds per game while playing in 19 contests last year at Duke.
“I really enjoyed playing with my teammates at Duke,’’ he told the Post-Standard. “Coach K’s a really good coach. I don’t want people to get the wrong idea about me leaving.’’
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.