Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Syracuse University U.S basketball player Michael Gbinije makes Nigeria national team

Michael Gbinije, the Syracuse University basketball guard, will play for the Nigeria national team in the upcoming FIBA AfroBasket 2015 tournament.

Gbinije said in a message today that he made the Nigerian team. He has been training with the team since late July. The Nigerians moved their practices from Paris last week to Italy this week as they prepare for Tunisia, site of the FIBA African championship. The winner of AfroBasket 2015 gains an automatic qualification into the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

"Playing for the Nigeria national team is not only a unique opportunity, but it is also a blessing in which I truly appreciate," Gbinije wrote. "Making the Olympics would be an awesome experience if we qualify."

Gbinije's dad, Frank, is a native of Nigeria who came to the United States in the early 1980s, attended Temple University and now works as a civil engineer. Michael Gbinije will play his final season at Syracuse in 2015-16. Syracuse's likely point guard, he will be tasked with running the Orange offense.

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