Tonight’s game was not pretty, but one bright spot was the hustle and effort from Wenyen Gabriel. For the second game in a row, Wenyen looked like a different player, coming up just short of a double-double with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Wenyen also had three blocks, two assists, one steal, and was a perfect 3-3 from the three-point line. Against Auburn on Saturday, Wenyen had 6 points and a team-high 16 rebounds, making his improvement in the past two games undeniable.
“It was kind of a follow-up to last game,” Wenyen said afterwards. “Just had to keep my confidence up.”
“Now, Wenyen is starting to get it,” Calipari said afterwards, praising the freshman for trying to shed his bad habits (even if he still goes for the ball with one hand sometimes, Cal’s biggest pet peeve).
“I’m really pleased for him. He’s the greatest kid,” Cal added on his radio show. “Here’s what he’s doing now, he’s more confident shooting the ball. He shot one right in front of me and I was saying, get back, but he shot it and made it.”
Keep it up, Wenyen.