G/F Gbinije a Top 2011 Class Prospect

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Michael Gbinije ‘s recruiting card

6-6, 185-pound guard/forward Michael Gbinije enters his first year at Benedictine (Richmond, VA) seeking to improve a game that has already garnered high praise from national recruiting services. The standout junior, ranked a 5-star prospect by Scout.com and a 4-star recruit by Rivals.com, will be the Cadets most highly acclaimed prospect since forward Ed Davis, who signed with North Carolina in the 2008 recruiting class.

“Coach Mac is the type of coach that can get me ready for the next level, I believe,” said Gbinije, who attended Christchurch School last year. “He has mental toughness. He has coached some players who are in college now, like Ed Davis.”

The “Coach Mac” Gbinije refers to is Cadets boys varsity basketball head coach Sean McAloon, who first had an opportunity to coach his standout junior during this summer’s NBAPA Top 100 Camp.

“The first game we played, I thought Mike was overmatched. I thought he was nervous and he definitely played as such,” McAloon recalled. “As he got comfortable, the better he got and the better we got as a team. He hit open shots, stretched the floor, and the kids became more comfortable with him. The only thing he was lacking was defense. That’s the only thing he lacks right now. He is missing a couple of things, but defense is an area I want him to work on in particular.”

Gbinije turned in a solid AAU circuit performance this year, impressing especially with his skills on offense. The NBAPA Top 100 Camp, which the talented junior called a “confidence booster,” may have been the catalyst for an impressed AAU circuit and, subsequently, more interest from college coaches and higher ratings from recruiting services.

“He does make shots,” McAloon said. “He can knock down the three. He can get to the rim pretty well. He doesn’t seem to fully force things, which is good. He has got a little knack to make things happen on offense. His main strengths right now are shooting and finishing around the basket.”

Gbinije added, “I’m happy right now with my shooting. I practice a lot of shooting. One thing I want to work on is my athletic ability, becoming more athletic