adidas Uprising: Wenyen Gabriel

SUWANEE, Ga. -- The back gym at North Gwinnett High School was packed out for Mass Rivals' game against Upward Stars. While there were a number of prospects in the game, no one shined more than 6-foot-10 post player Wenyen Gabriel.

This time last year Wenyen Gabriel was a long 6-foot-8, rail thin power forward that showed potential, but struggled with physical play.

Fast-forward to Thursday at the adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale and Gabriel was the talk of the back gym at North Gwinnett High School. He’s grown to 6-foot-10, his body has developed and so has his game.

Gabriel played with great energy, raced end-to-end, rebounded in and out of his area, contested shots and played aggressive on both ends of floor. He’s quick off his feet and is an impressive, fluid athlete and that can get to shot attempts.

Gabriel showed better skill than expected as well, as he grabbed defensive rebounds and started the break. Although he didn’t connect on any of his mid-range jump shot attempts, he showed good shot mechanics. He looked to drive defenders from the high post and was able to finish off plays around the basket. He also knocked in a right jump hook.

Just as his game has expanded, so has recruitment. Notre Dame and Texas offered him Thursday evening. Prior to that Providence, Boston College, Connecticut, Notre Dame, Maryland, Virginia, Nebraska, Wake Forest, Miami, Vanderbilt, Rice, St. Bonaventure, Rhode Island, Georgia Tech, DePaul, Alabama, Xavier and Kansas State had offered.

Gabriel said Maryland, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Providence, UConn and Boston College are some of the schools making him a priority. He’s take visits to Providence, UConn, B.C. and UMass. He plans to cut down his list after the July evaluation periods.

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