CHARLOTTESVILLE – One player that showed off his skills at the NBAPA Camp was future Duke player Michael Gbinije. The first thing I noticed was how much better his on ball defense was but more importantly he didn’t have those little quiet stretches he had been previously known for. The words “stay aggressive,” have been pounded into the rising senior by the Duke coach staff and Gbinije is adhering to their advice. Gbinije is a silent killer, not particularly flashy but brilliantly effective while on the court. In fact, he finished as the camps 6th leading scorer and he did that playing withing his teams system and his coached concepts. This is the first of two chats with Gbinije that we are bringing premium members and you are sure to love his comments on Kyrie Irving, his development and his maturity due to a frenetic summer.
How has the camp gone for you thus far?
I missed yesterday due to the Team USA Trials but this morning has gone great. There has been a lot of good drills and coaching by previous NBA players.
What did you take away from the USA tryouts?
I experienced different things like maturity. A lot of the players were already in college, so seeing where I fit in and knowing what I need to work on as far as my individual game helps me prepare.
You looked good in transition in your first game, can you speak to that?
The half court sets are pretty much a slow and developed for the bigs but for the guards you’re supposed to run out. That’s like the best thing we can do in getting the bigs away from the game and pretty much like put the pressure on the defense which is very important.
Can you talk a bit about the USA tryouts?
It was a three day tryout and
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