Well, I'm sure it looks strange using the word former, but former Syracuse point guard Michael Gbinije had his first press conference with the Detroit Pistons. After being taken 49th overall in the draft just last week, Gbinije took to twitter to display his enthusiasm.
Gbinije was introduced to the media along with the Pistons' first round pick Henry Ellenson who is also signed to Gbinije's agency, Roc Nation. Gbinije starts speaking at the 9:42 mark in the video below about the Pistons' season and how synonymous it was to Syracuse's by fighting through adversity and making it to the post-season. When prompted about his defense and playing solely 2-3 zone at Syracuse, Gbinije was quick to address the fallacy that zone defenders can't be good man defenders.
"There's a lot of misconceptions with the zone," Gbinije said. "A lot of teams in college basketball run 2-3 zone. I think what makes Syracuse more effective is obviously the length that we have but you have to have good defensive players to still move your feet, keep people in front and that's something I definitely pride myself on and hopefully it will carry over."
Gbinije also noted that his priority for the summer is to play the NBA summer league in Orlando with the Pistons. He noted he's still not 100 percent that he'll play for the Nigerian national team in Rio but stated he wants to, schedule permitting. To see the full press conference and what else Gbinije had to say, see below.