Gabriel Heating Up

Ken Gabriel out of Hope Christian is collecting scholarship offers. The potential combo forward is expanding his game and the interest is following.

It's not an easy process, but Ken Gabriel is attempting to transition his game from the post to the perimeter. At the Carolina Challenge this past weekend he showed he's added a few moves to his repertoire.

After seeing Gabriel in early January, we expected him to head straight to the post in his first game at Dave Telep's inaugural event, however the 6-foot-7 forward went to work right away from the perimeter.

Three of "KG's" first four made baskets were three-pointers, including one off the dribble three. His three-point stroke continued throughout the trio of games he played in Cary, NC.

"I'm working on my shooting," Gabriel said. "Every time I get a chance like if we aren't doing anything class I'll just go in the gym and shoot."

Gabriel is well versed in the post, as he played the four during the high school season. Since the season ended he's spent a lot of time developing individual moves in preparation of playing on the wing.

"I've been working on my moves and trying to play a lot of one-on-one games with somebody to work on my perimeter game. I already have a lot of post moves and I play in the post a lot so I'm trying to develop a wing game too."

The Kings Mountain (NC) Hope Christian standout, who said coaches are recruiting him to play the three and four, said his recruitment is starting to take shape and he thinks high-majors offers are right around the corner.

Currently he holds offers from UNC Charlotte, East Carolina, UNC Wilmington and High Point. Other schools keeping tabs include Wake Forest, Miami and Clemson.

Prior to camp, Gabriel traveled to Winston-Salem to check out Wake Forest's campus and visit with the coaching staff. After his visit he doesn't think it will be long until the Deacs throw an offer his way.

"Coach Prosser said he needs to come watch me play a little bit more and then I think I can get that scholarship from Wake Forest.

"I took a tour of the campus and I got to play some one-on-one with Ishmael Smith. He worked me to death. We grew up together and have known each other since we were little." Gabriel is still in the beginning stage of the recruiting process and will not make a decision soon. He plans to run with a loaded Charlotte Royals squad this summer that also includes, David Chadwick, Adam Raye, Catalin Baciu and J.T. Thompson.

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