Chronicle article on Mike G.
Interesting.As he continues to play basketball and train for next season, wherever that might be, Gbinije spends his weekends working at the East Campus Store. With rumors that Gbinije may leave Duke spreading on Twitter shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday, the 6-foot-7 wing player was pulling his usual shift at the store beneath the Marketplace from 4-8 p.m., brushing off discussion of his athletic future.
“Since the offseason I’ve had a lot of time to reflect with how things were during the regular season,” Gbinije said in an interview Wednesday. “So I figured why not just get a job, get some pocket money.”
That is, indeed, interesting. It sort of runs counter to the idea that he'd be looking to transfer. Would be great if one of the insiders would chime in.
Of course, it could be that he's just looking to make some money ahead of an eventual transfer. Who knows?
Don't tell Jay Bilas, it will ruin that myth that student-athletes aren't allowed to make money.
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Time management is often a huge adjustment for freshmen in general at an academically demanding school like Duke, and particularly for athletes or others with major extra-curricular demands.Now saddled with a less demanding offseason schedule, he gets back a few hours earlier but keeps the time-management skills he honed during more hectic times.
“We’re on such a busy schedule during the season, it’s really helped me to fit my job into my schedule and learn how to plan around things,” he said. “It’s taught me a lot.”
Yet, if I recall, Gbinije was on the honor roll and now seems able to work in a part-time job.
That suggests to me that's he's made a good overall adjustment to college life, though it doesn't really speak to his thoughts on his basketball future.
This was a bittersweet article, especially now that Gbinije has made clear that he is leaving. The last part:
“Now I get the chance to meet my freshman class for once,” Gbinije said. “It is kind of weird that [freshman year] is almost over, but it’s better to meet them now than never.”
It's a reminder of what a bubble athletes live in, even at a school where they are fully expected to be students.
Best of luck to the guy wherever he goes. I thought he'd be a good player for us down the road.
things to do this weekend:
1) watch duke
2) chip in to iron dukes for the average cost of one cleaning bill for "gatorade stain removal"
I didn't mean to suggest that it's impossible for athletes to get to know other students; of course they can. I just think it's a little harder, and maybe especially for basketball players, because as you point out they are "celebrities"--not to say that they get special treatment, but it's got to be hard for them to be anonymous and get to know other students the way most people would--for example, you knew who Kyle Singler was when he stood near you in the class photo (the height would have been a tipoff even if you hadn't ever seen a photograph of him). Did you know who other people you hadn't met were?
And for a freshman who is keeping up a grueling schedule in a sport that spans both semesters, staying on top of his academics (which even for a good student can be a big adjustment from high school), and spending most of his time (and probably eating most of his meals) on West Campus, instead of on East where more freshman are eating and hanging out in their free time, it could prove hard to really get to know other freshmen.
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As for other sports, my daughter's friends included a volleyball player and a women's lacrosse player, neither of whom received any credit toward housing. However, while both were recruited athletes, neither needed financial assistance, so I'm not sure either received one of the limited scholarships available for these sports.