Boeheim’s Army has officially added former Syracuse Orange basketball player Michael Gbinije to its roster, per GM Kevin Belbey. Back in May, Gbinije announced he’d be running with the team this summer in TBT but had yet to complete the necessary steps to join.
After submitting the required video, Gbinije joins the fold and adds a versatile skillset to the Boehiem’s Army roster. He’s capable of playing both guard and small forward positions. With his height and length, Gbinije can play both the top and back line of the zone. On the other end of the floor Gbinije can create offense with or without the ball. Head coach Ryan Blackwell thinks he’ll be helpful in that regard.
“He’ll be able to stretch the floor on the perimeter and make plays getting to the basket for himself and others,” Blackwell said of Gbinije. “On defense he’ll bring size at the top of the zone or the wing and be able to guard multiple positions when we play man to man.”
The addition of Gbinije at this juncture does cost Boeheim 1,000 fan votes, which it has already exceeded. The roster now consists of Gbinije, Eric Devendorf, Brandon Triche, John Gillon, Jordan Crawford, Chris McCullough, Hakim Warrick, Darryl Watkins and Arinze Onuaku. Triche is currently dealing with a bone bruise while McCullough recently signed to play in Puerto Rico. Gbinije can help fill the gap if either or both of those guys can’t go.
In his three years at Syracuse, Silent G averaged 11.3 points, 3.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game. He of course helped lead the team to the Final Four as a senior, averaging 17.5 points, 4.3 assists and 4.1 boards in the 2015-16 season.