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32 Wenyen Gabriel

Wenyen Gabriel
Hometown (Last School)
Manchester, N.H. (Wilbraham & Monson Academy)
2016-17, 2017-18
March 26, 1997

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Sophomore: Declared for 2018 NBA Draft … Made the Sacramento Kings’ 2018 Summer League team … Improved in virtually every major statistical category in a breakout sophomore season, including new highs in points, rebounds, blocks, steals, 3-point field goals, field-goal percentage, 3-point percentage and free-throw percentage … Finished second on the team with 42 3-pointers, including 20 over the final 11 games … Led the Wildcats in blocks with 40 swats … Led UK in blocks in a team-high 14 games … Named to the Southeastern Conference All-Tournament Team after averaging 13.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks during UK’s three-game run to the SEC championship … Appeared in 37 games with seven starts … Averaged 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds … Grabbed at least six rebounds in 19 games … Recorded his first double-double of the season with 16 points and a season-high 12 rebounds vs. Buffalo in the second round of the NCAA Tournament … Also made three 3-pointers vs. Buffalo … Scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds, including a key offensive board late, vs. Tennessee in the SEC Tournament championship game … Put on a performance for the ages with a career-high-tying 23 points on seven 3-pointers vs. Alabama in the SEC Tournament semifinals … The 7-for-7 outing from behind the arc set UK school records and SEC Tournament records for most 3-pointers without a miss … Also swatted a career-high tying three shots vs. the Crimson Tide … Scored 15 points with two 3-pointers and six rebounds vs. Ole Miss … Scored eight points at Missouri in just 18 minutes … Did a little bit of everything in the 17-point comeback win at No. 7/7 West Virginia, recording six points, nine rebounds, three assists and a career-high-tying three blocks … Posted 10 points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes vs. Florida … Scored 11 points with three 3-pointers in 19 minutes at No. 23/22 Tennessee … Scored a then-season-high 16 points with three 3-pointers and six rebounds vs. UCLA … Solid seven-point, nine-rebound game vs. Virginia Tech … Just missed out on a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds vs. Fort Wayne … Logged his first double-digit scoring effort of the season with 12 points and six rebounds vs. Troy … Opened the season with 13 rebounds, three assists and three blocks vs. Utah Valley.


Freshman: Appeared in all 38 games and made 23 starts … Averaged 4.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game … His 4.8 rebounds ranked fourth on the team … Utilized a 40.5 percent field-goal clip, including a 31.7 percent clip from behind the arc … Scored in double figures in seven games, including a career-high 23-point performance in a win over LSU … Had two double-figure rebounding efforts and led the team in blocks in 11 games … Hauled in four or more rebounds in 24 games … Had six points, five rebounds and a block in a win at Missouri … His 23-point performance against LSU began a 14-game winning streak for the Wildcats … In that game he also hauled in eight rebounds and had two assists while connecting on a career-high three 3-pointers … Had back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts in wins at Mississippi State and at home against eventual Final Four participant South Carolina … Against the Bulldogs, he also added eight rebounds and a career-high tying three blocks … Hauled in a regular-season team-high 16 boards vs. Auburn while also contributing six points and a pair of blocks … It was the most rebounds by a Wildcat since Julius Randle had 16 vs. LSU on March 14, 2014 … Scored 10 points and had seven rebounds and four assists in a win over Arizona State in the Bahamas … Logged 15 points and six rebounds against UT Martin … Began a three-game stretch of double-figure scoring with 10 points against Cleveland State … In that game with the Vikings, he also had 10 rebounds for his first career double-double, while also providing a career-high six assists … Breakout game came against No. 13/13 Michigan State in Madison Square Garden where he posted four points, six rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block in an all-around effort … Opened the year by scoring 10 points and had two steals in a win over Stephen F. Austin.


Forward who averaged 22.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 7.0 blocks and 6.3 assists at Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, as a senior … Made the Naismith All-America Third Team … A two-time most valuable player for Wilbraham & Monson Academy … Suited up for Mass Rivals on the AAU circuit … A 1,000-point scorer in high school … Participated in the Jordan Brand Classic game and was a member of the Nike Hoop Summit … Ranked as high as No. 12 in the national rankings by Scout … Rivals tabbed him at No. 13 overall and ESPN and 247Sports rated him as the No. 14 player in the 2016 class … Ranked No. 8 overall in the Recruiting Services Consensus Index … Named to the 2016 USA Junior National Select Team.


Born March 26 in Khartoum, Sudan … Major is pre-communication … Son of Rebecca Gak and Makuar Gob … Sister, Karima, played basketball at Boston College … Chose his jersey number in honor of a cousin who passed away when he was younger … A talent he lists he would most like to have is the ability to rap … Lists watching anime as a hobby outside of basketball … His definition of a true hero is someone who fights for those who cannot … Chose Kentucky over Duke, Connecticut and Maryland. 

On This Day In UK Basketball History

On March 2, 1970, Dan Issel scored 42 points against Auburn.


On March 2, 1991, before a crowd of 24,310, the then-largest crowd in Rupp arena history, the Wildcats closed out the 1990-91 season with a 22-6 overall record. Although UK was ineligible for the SEC title because of probation, the Wildcats secured the best record in the league (14-4) with a 114-93 win over Auburn to end its two-year probation. A ceremony and parade followed.


On March 2, 1996, with a 101-63 victory over Vanderbilt in Rupp Arena on Senior Day, UK became the first team in 40 years to finish with a perfect record in the SEC, a 16-0 sweep. It was the Wildcats’ 25th win in a row, tying the school record for consecutive wins in a season. Two games later, they set the new record at 27 games.


On March 2, 2012, Darius Miller, in his final performance at Rupp Arena, led Kentucky in scoring with 17 points on Senior Night in a 30-point win over Georgia.


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