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Gabriel goes off during game with Calipari watching


Wenyen Gabriel finished just shy of a triple-double last night at the Prep Classic in Rhode Island last night –  that’s a good way to impress your future coach.

John Calipari was watching last night when the 6-foot-10 forward racked up 17 points, 14 rebounds and nine blocks during the game.

It’s nothing new for the highly-touted AAU player, who committed to UK earlier in the fall over Duke, in his team’s season-opener Gabriel had 21 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots despite losing to opponent Canaria 59-56.

Gabriel said earlier in the year that Cal’s talk of positionless basketball is one of the reasons the stand-out chose Kentucky.

“The positionless basketball he talks about is exactly what I wanted. I believe in what he is doing. It’s really exciting to think about playing for him and how he will develop me. I want to show what I can do and it will be fun,” said Gabriel. “Everything I read and heard about Kentucky turned out to be true. Now I just want to be the best player I can be.”

Good news is that Kentucky fans will be able to catch a glimpse of the commit when he and his teammates will be in Lexington Dec. 12 to participate in the Thoroughbred Classic at Dunbar.

 The Wildcats will take on the Arizona State Sun Devils earlier that day in Rupp Arena, so fans will already be wearing blue to welcome Gabriel to the state. 


Article written by Ricki Barker

Writer of things. Watcher of sports. Wearer of blue. Sometimes all at once.