Wenyen Gabriel: "Who wouldn't want to come to Kentucky?"

12/13/2015 08:40 PM

LEXINGTON — In a fierce battle between two of the top prospects of the 2016 recruiting class, it was Kentucky commit Wenyen Gabriel who came out on top at the Bluegrass Showcase over the weekend.

The 6-foot-10 power forward poured in 11 consecutive points in the final minutes to lead Wilbraham & Monson Academy (Wilbraham, Mass.) to a dramatic come-from-behind victory over fellow five-star player Thon Maker and Athlete Institute Basketball Academy (Toronto, Ont.) in the marquee matchup of the tournament.

Gabriel finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and one bloodied lip in the victory, impressing a pro-Kentucky that included UK head coach John Calipari. Gabriel spent time at the Kentucky practice facility earlier in the day before attending the Wildcats’ 72-58 home victory over Arizona State with the rest of his Wilbraham & Monson teammates.

After the game, Gabriel talked about his decision to commit to the University of Kentucky, saying he doesn’t know why a top recruit wouldn’t want to play for the Wildcats.

  • “I’ve always felt really great about my decision,” Gabriel said about committing to UK, “so I don’t know how much better I can get with that … I don’t know who wouldn’t want to come to Kentucky.”

Scout.com lists Gabriel as the No. 3 power forward and No. 10 overall player in the 2016 recruiting class. He joins fellow five-star recruits De’Aaron Fox (No. 4 ), Malik Monk (No. 6) Edrice Adebayo (No. 15), and four-star prospect Sacha Killeya-Jones (No. 30) in Kentucky’s loaded 2016 class.

KSTV talked about Gabriel’s impressive performance on Monday’s show, explaining how 2016 could be one of Kentucky’s best-ever recruiting classes:


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