LEXINGTON, Ky. – We’re catching up with all five of Kentucky basketball’s 2016 signees to see how their senior high school season is going. Here’s the latest on Scout.com’s No. 10 overall prospect in the country:
6-foot-10 Wilbraham & Monson Academy (Mass.) forward Wenyen Gabriel had 24 and 10 against fellow top-10 recruit Thon Maker last weekend in Lexington and is averaging 20.5 points and 13.5 rebounds. He also blocked 16 shots in one two-game stretch.
“He’s doing exactly what we asked him to do: be our best player, lead everybody, lead them in the right way, and just go out every night competing at a high level and set the example,” WMA coach Mike Mannix said. “What you’re getting is a guy whose motor never shuts off. It’s been pretty rare in two years of coaching him that I’ve even seen his gear kind of drop down.
“He’s in great physical condition and he’s working harder and harder in the weight room because he’s really kind of grasped what that can mean to him in the future. I think you’ll see every single attribute improve once you see him next year playing at probably 15 to 20 pounds heavier than he is right now (about 195). People won’t be able to move him around anymore.”