Wenyen Gabriel earning respect, playing time with relentless energy

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

The national headlines go to his more high-profile teammates, but the hearts of opposing coaches belong to Wenyen Gabriel.

Take ’s exhibition opener against as an example, when and both posted double-doubles. Gabriel, meanwhile, had only nine points and two rebounds in 17 minutes, but also the undivided attention of Marcess Williams.

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

State’s sang a similar tune, in spite of the fact that torched the Spartans for 23 points and De’Aaron Fox had 12 points and six assists while Gabriel managed only four points, three rebounds and three steals.

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