Freshman forward Michael Gbinje has decided to transfer from Duke University. After being rated as the 29th best player in the Class of 2011, the 6’8″ Chester, VA native averaged 1.8 PPG and 0.9 RPG in 5.8 MPG in his first season in Durham. Gbinje had a season-high eight points against UNC Greensboro, but saw his playing time decrease with the start of conference play, only participating in eight of sixteen possible conference clashes. Gbinje is expected to transfer to another Division 1 school.
Duke will need to find a reliable option at the small forward position for the 2012-13 season. Gbinje was expected to be a capable wing scorer with the ability to guard multiple positions. Duke fans were able to see flashes of his potential throughout the season, but Gbinje rarely found himself competing in close ballgames.
Following the commitment of Shabazz Muhammad to UCLA, Duke will really need to turn their recruiting attention to forward Amile Jefferson (Philadelphia, PA, Friends Central High School). Currently ranked as the best recruit in the state of Pennsylvania, Jefferson would be able to start right away at the 3 for the BLue Devils. He possesses the ability to help Duke’s offensive immensely because of his ability to slash to the basket. Having a slasher is a crucial component of Duke’s offense because it frees up the plethora of shooters that the Blue Devils have, such as Seth Curry, Andre Dawkins, and Ryan Kelly. In addition to Duke, Jefferson is also considering Kentucky, N.C. State, Ohio State, and Villanova.