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Free Gbinije

I know "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", but after the past few games, the Syracuse backcourt (which in its current iteration pretty much solely consists of Cooney and Ennis) seems to be being overworked. While this might not be as a major a problem as Baye's AWOL offfensive game--or for that matter his catching ability--backcourt depth is vital for keeping Cooney and Ennis fresh for the NCAA tournament (knock on wood).

Enter Michael Gbinije. Gbinije, as of now, only plays sporadic minutes to spot Cooney and provide length at the top of the zone, but casting Gbinije simply as a seldom used 3rd guard is a gross misrepresentation of his abilities. Gbinije, albeit in a small sample size, has proved to be the 2nd best three point shooter on the team at a blistering 47%. What's more, Gbinije also assists on 18% of his team's points when he is on the floor and has a sterling assist-to-turnover-ratio of 2.7/1, both stats trail only Ennis among rotation players.

Last, Gbinije at 6'7, also is versatile to play the back line of the zone. While he lacks the experience of CJ Fair or the world-conquering athleticism of Jerami Grant, Gbinije is a solid athelete in his own right and steady enough to be an insurance policy in case of injury, foul trouble, or the inevitable academic violation.

In short, although Gbinije might possess the singular abilities of Cooney's shooting, Ennis's Ennis-iness, or Fair's dependability, he is a unique synthesis of his teammates who could definitely help the team.

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