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It was a huge day for Kentucky basketball recruiting, thanks to the commitment of five-star power forward Wenyen Gabriel. Gabriel picked the Cats over Duke and celebrated with this Instagram post moments ago:
Gabriel’s commitment moves Kentucky to No. 2 in Scout.com’s 2016 class rankings.
Kentucky began the day at No. 10 in Scout.com’s updated rankings, but with the addition of Gabriel, the No. 10 overall player, the Cats move up to second on the list, behind Duke.
Scout.com ranks Sasha Killeya-Jones No. 29 overall, and considers Tai Wynyard a member of the 2016 class.
ESPN compares Gabriel to Luol Dieng.
From Paul Biancardi:
Gabriel’s body and game is similar to that of NBA player Luol Deng. Both score with their long, slender body and a soft touch both on the perimeter and in the paint. They both drive it effectively against like-size defenders, and especially against less mobile bigs. Deng is a terrific two-way player who is active on the glass, and Gabriel is in the same mold — two hard-working and humble players. [ESPN]
Gabriel will spend time at both the three and four positions in Lexington. At 6-foot-9, he will make one intimidating wing for the Cats.
Kentucky visited Trae Young yesterday.
A member of the UK coaching staff was in Norman, Ok. to meet with Young on Wednesday. Young is the No. 4 point guard in the 2017 class and an AAU teammate of Michael Porter Jr., the top small forward in
the class. It was announced today that Kevin Durant is the new sponsor of their Kansas City-based AAU team, Mokan Elite. The partnership is appropriate, considering Porter Jr.’s nickname is “Baby Durant.”
Jermaine Eskridge’s current situation is messed up.
It’s pretty apparent that Eskridge’s former coaches sabotaged his sophomore season at his new school down in Florida. In case you missed, someone posed as a USC recruiter and asked the five-star wide receiver for his address. When Eskridge responded with this old address, his former school submitted screenshots of the texts to the Florida High School Athletics Association, hoping to prove he isn’t living where his hardship transfer requires. The UK commit has been forced to sit out this season during an investigation. Read more here.
Eskridge will visit Florida this weekend for the Ole Miss game.
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