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Wenyen Gabriel speaks with media in Sacramento

Sadly we’re no closer to knowing if Wenyen Gabriel will return to Kentucky, but we haven’t heard much from him since the end of UK’s season.

Gabriel spoke with media members in Sacramento after his workout with the Kings. The stretch forward seemed upbeat and positive, but didn’t drop any hints about where he’s leaning in his decision making process, but that’s probably because he wasn’t asked.

Gabriel did say that he spoke with former teammate De’Aaron Fox when asked about what he knew about the Kings.

“I knew a little bit. I know there are already a lot of Kentucky players already play for the program. One of my former teammates De’Aaron Fox is already here. He said he loved it here. I asked him about the city and he said great weather. The fans are great over here and obviously the facilities are nice. They have a nice developmental program here. I mean, it’s just a great place and I love the energy around here.”

If you’re looking for anything and you’re willing to dig deep, his quote about the Kings’ developmental program was intriguing. It seems like Gabriel knows that if he gets any chance in the NBA he will be spending time in the G-League.

Gabriel mentions he has worked out for Sacramento, Brooklyn, Oklahoma City, Milwaukee and Utah.

Fox is joined by former Cats Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere. The Kings have one of the youngest teams in the NBA that feature several stretch forwards and on the one hand there aren’t many (if any) established wings, which would be good for Gabriel, but on the other hand the Kings probably aren’t looking for more wings.

Best of luck Wenyen. At the latest we’ll know his decision in nine days.


Article written by TJ Walker

6 Comments for Wenyen Gabriel speaks with media in Sacramento

  1. chris43
    6:21 am May 22, 2018 Permalink

    The Kings have a “nice developmental program”? You may need to fact check that Wenyen! If the Kings want….RUN…..RUN FAR FAAAAAAAR AWAY!

  2. kybigblue
    8:28 am May 22, 2018 Permalink

    Might make more $ overseas. Not sure the $35,000 in the developmental league will help his family much after he pays his necessary expenses.

  3. Rembrandt
    9:12 am May 22, 2018 Permalink

    Wenyen needs to come back to UK. But I don’t know if he will ever play in the NBA. Decent shooter, plays hard, but just not strong enough for the next level.

  4. Megan
    10:37 am May 22, 2018 Permalink

    Sacrament and great weather? You got to be kidding. It’s hot and dry. A relatively short trip from San Francisco, the weather could be more different.

  5. scwhite9
    1:39 pm May 22, 2018 Permalink

    Wenyen is one of my absolute favorite players, and I have watched UK play ball for more than 60 years. He is well spoken, polite, always smiling. I hope he excels in whatever he does. His story is amazing.

  6. david8577
    2:14 pm May 22, 2018 Permalink

    No matter what Wenyen decides, best of luck to him.