Wenyen Gabriel has opened a lot of eyes

Wenyen Gabriel - photo by Walter Cornett
– photo by Walter Cornett

Ask most fans to name five Wildcats on the 2016-17 basketball team and they might not get to Wenyen Gabriel. That’s not because the 6-9, 213-pound freshman forward isn’t talented. He’s just on a loaded team.

Fellow freshmen De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo are all projected first-round NBA draft picks, with sophomore Isaiah Briscoe, the team’s leader, not far behind. Senior Derek Willis is Kentucky’s best 3-point shooter.

But ask Clarion coach Marcess Williams who jumps out on a team that throttled his by 57 points in Sunday night’s exhibition game at Rupp Arena and Gabriel gets plenty of love.

“My favorite,” Williams said. “I love that kid. That kid, he might be the best one of them all.”

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