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Meet Wenyen Gabriel, the newest Wildcat

Wenyen Gabriel became Kentucky’s second commitment in 2016, joining Sasha Killeya-Jones to make up the seventh-ranked class in the country, as of today.

Gabriel, out of Wilbraham, Ma., is the fourth-ranked power forward in the high school senior class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, and the No. 16 player overall.

Join me, if you will, in getting to know the newest Wildcat a little better this afternoon:

 

He picked Kentucky over Duke.

Though other schools were also in consideration, namely Maryland, it was really down to Duke or Kentucky for Gabriel. That is why today’s commitment is even sweeter than simply adding an elite forward to next year’s roster. It means Calipari connected with a counterpunch in what has been a lopsided fight against Coach K and Duke over the last year. Krysekskwski really wanted this kid and Cal was able to lock him down, two weeks before his scheduled visit to Duke. And I know for a fact Cal is loving it.

He was one of the stars of the summer.

It wasn’t until late in the summer when Calipari extended a scholarship offer to Gabriel. He had been a little-known prospect earlier in the year, prior to breaking out on the summer circuit and earning a fifth star to his ranking. Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com called Gabriel “one of the all-time late-bloomers.”

Here’s how he is ranked across the five main recruiting services:

247S Composite: No. 16 | 4 PF
247Sports Top247: No. 17 | 5 PF
Rivals.com: No. 17 | No. 5 PF
ESPN Recruiting: No. 23 | 6 PF
Scout.com: No. 10 | 3 PF

He loved how John Calipari recruited him personally.

One of the major factors in Gabriel’s decision to become a Wildcat was John Calipari’s involvement in his recruitment.

During his announcement on ESPN Recruiting Nation, Gabriel said, “I really like Kentucky because how Calipari recruited me. He took my recruitment into his own hands since Day 1. I talked to his assistants a little bit — even the day before he got inducted into the Hall of Fame, we sat down for breakfast that day. His approach has always been the same to me. He’s really excited about me and I feel exactly the same way.”

He said it “just hit him yesterday.”

So he called up ESPN and arranged a spontaneous, in-studio recruiting announcement for Thursday morning.

And we’re glad he did.

Watch him work:

Welcome abord.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

12 Comments for Meet Wenyen Gabriel, the newest Wildcat



  1. nets on nets on nets
    2:06 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

    Appears like this makes Giles & Bolden locks to go to Duke, rounding out the greatest class in the history of college basketball.
    A class of Giles, Tatum, Bolden, Jackson, and Delaurier is absolutely scary.
    Enjoy the little fishies like Gabriel, Duke is about to reel in the Great White Shark.



    • Brian
      2:11 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

      Louisville fans are pulling for Duke now? lol!!!



    • john wall
      2:42 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

      Bolden is soft



    • Trollin
      3:20 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

      Louisville fans should root for anyone besides Louisville, they’re gonna be terrible this year.



    • Coach K
      3:23 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

      I wasted my whole day Tuesday begging this kid to come to Duke. Went up to Maryland to beg in person. This hurts my feelings. I guess he didn’t like my rat face.



    • Parvenu
      5:42 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

      You aren’t even a Duke fan, so why the comments? You are a charlatan. Turn yourself in. It will be better for you in the end.



  2. Troll Slayer
    2:40 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

    ^^ The dookie fan also known as “Billy Ray”, among others, is back!



  3. yitbos
    2:41 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

    We’ve seen first hand that the most talented class doesn’t always win the title. I’ll trust Cal with the guys he gets and let Coach K try and duplicate what Cal has done in getting everyone to buy in to the team concept.



  4. Robby
    3:20 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

    Good length and touch on the move at the rim… will do wonders in a college weight room working on his explosion.



    • ha
      4:04 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

      Yes, 3 months in a college weight room will do miracles.



  5. ha
    5:44 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

    Have been hoisting the weights myself for years. Quite obviously, it has done nothing for me…



  6. Johnny Cat
    5:55 pm October 1, 2015 Permalink

    He is basically a 6-9 or 6-10 small forward. Scary.
    He will need to gain some weight to be a legit one-and-done.
    But seems like he is a well-grounded, intelligent young man.
    A perfect fit for Cal’s system.
    Welcome to the family Wenyen!!