Last night, I posted the first of our “Next Five” profiles on Malik Monk, which featured some great commentary from Scout.com’s Evan Daniels, KSR’s favorite recruiting expert. Today, Daniels posted a breakdown of how UK’s signees are doing in their senior seasons, and it’s definitely worth a few minutes of your time. Here’s a little bit of what he has to say on Wenyen Gabriel:
Perhaps the player in Kentucky’s class that has surprised us the most during the high school season was 6-foot-9, pushing 6-10, forward Wenyen Gabriel. But when you consider his rapid rise to five-star status over the summer, seeing him progress further shouldn’t be all that startling.
Over the summer we evaluated Gabriel as a face up forward that had impressive skills for the position. Colleague Josh Gershon noted at adidas Nations that he may be making the move to the wing full time and it turns out he was right. At the National Prep Showcase early in the season and then again at the Hoop Hall Classic, Gabriel showed he could defend wings and play the position offensively. This is key and raised his profile as a prospect. Not only does he have very good size for a perimeter player, he’s also versatile enough to slide to the four at times and play a face up four role.
For more of that hard-hitting analysis, head on over to Scout.com.