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CBS college basketball analyst hearing good things about Gabriel

We have some positive news regarding one of John Calipari’s returning players.’s Jon Rothstein tweeted that he has heard Wenyen Gabriel has been Kentucky’s best player this summer. Incoming freshman Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has been the biggest surprise of the bunch, which is in line with what we’ve heard out of the summer scrimmages and workouts from our sources.

Gabriel is only a sophomore, but he is the veteran leader of the 2017-18 Wildcats. He averaged 4.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in his freshman campaign, and leads his team in just about every category imaginable from a year ago.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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11 Comments for CBS college basketball analyst hearing good things about Gabriel

  1. Catcasey1
    11:16 am August 4, 2017 Permalink

    If that’s the case we are in for a long season

    • az1006
      11:20 am August 4, 2017 Permalink

      Gabriel showed flashes of what he’s capable of…He’s extremely skilled for a player of his size. Has decent handles, can shoot all the way out to the 3, plays with a ton of energy. He lost his confidence as the season progressed, and struggled defensively at times (especially when being pulled to the perimeter). That being said, none of it is unusual for a typical freshman (which Gabriel ultimately was), and his ceiling is incredibly high.

      Besides, we hear these “So-and-so has been incredible in summer workouts…” reports all the time, and they rarely translate into anything of merit in the regular season. Doesn’t mean they don’t, but they don’t really mean much. But, I would bet Gabriel is poised for a big year, and if he can provide that leadership and improve upon his freshman year, it’ll only make the team better and deeper.

    • ClutchCargo
      11:31 am August 4, 2017 Permalink

      I disagree that this is bad news. Gabriel has all the tools to be a hell of a player eventually, and it sounds like he might be “getting it” now.

    • BBNDan7
      11:44 am August 4, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah it’s always terrible when a former five star recruit is your best player.

    • Shagaris Sock Puppet
      2:00 pm August 4, 2017 Permalink

      Such a negative Nancy! Go cheer for a team who has zero five stars and never sniffs the sweet 16.

    • EdC
      5:29 pm August 4, 2017 Permalink

      Help me understand this point of view. We had 3 guys playing great on the under 19 team that clearly were looking very good this summer and all considered first round draft picks but it would be bad if Gabriel had a better summer than them?

  2. mgilkey13
    11:48 am August 4, 2017 Permalink

    I’m afraid I have to agree with CatCasey on this one. Wenyen was easily the most frustrating player on the team last year with his lack of defense as the prime reason. That said, what we hear about the team on KSR is much closer to reality than a CBS analyst and while Wenyen improvements are encouraging, if not inevitable, I have to believe that we will have several players ahead of him in terms of talent. If he becomes a stud and I’m wrong then that’s OK too, but at the end of the day with Knox, Hami, Quade, Jemarl Baker, Shai, PJW, Nick Richards, AND Jared Vanderbilt joining, (THATS EIGHT QUALITY ADDS if you’re counting)…. I couldn’t be more excited about this team. We’re gonna be long, strong, and… dare I say… down to get the friction on!! GO CATS!!

    • BBNDan7
      5:20 pm August 4, 2017 Permalink

      Hot take: last year is a different year than this one

  3. Luether
    5:57 pm August 4, 2017 Permalink

    We need Wenyen to step up after an underachieving Freshman year…

  4. Booby Night
    8:41 am August 5, 2017 Permalink

    I read posts like this and think of all the “best shape of his life” stories that come out of MLB spring training and NFL training camp. Doesn’t mean a thing until the games start That said, if Gabriel is better than last year, that should help the Cats.