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32 - Wenyen Gabriel

Kentucky 

  • Birthday: 3/26/97
  • NBA Position: SF/PF
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Ht: 6-9
  • Wt: 205
  • Hometown: Manchester, NH
  • High School: Wilbraham & Monson
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Overall

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2018

NBA Comparison: Charlie Villanueva

Strengths: 6’9 versatile forward … Good size and length on the perimeter … Runs the floor very well. Solid athleticism and good slashing ability. Effective use of jab step and solid first step ... Has developed into a reliable shooter. Can score from multiple spots on the floor ... Can knock down shots from three as well as from midrange ... Plays well in pick and pop situations … Solid court vision. Can pass out of a drive … Can beat bigs off the dribble and get to the rim from the perimeter using crossovers and behind the back moves ... Good ball handling ability, especially at his height. Solid foundation as a face up forward. Can score inside and out … Plays with good aggression and isn’t afraid of contact. Attacks the rim and forces contact well ... Hustles, plays hard each and every possession he’s on the floor ... Never quits on plays ... Very active without the ball, works to get open … Good rebounder, attacks the glass on both ends. A double-double threat each game … Good shot blocking and altering ability … Good hands. Moves his feet very well for his size ... Good defender on and off the ball … Smart kid who has picked up a lot in the past year and is very coachable ... He figures to be a skilled face up 4 at the next level and benefits from the way the league is trending ...

Weaknesses: A tweener who has to figure out what position he's best equipped to play at the next level ... Still skinny and weak at this point to play inside, and needs to add a lot of skill on the perimeter, his lateral speed is questionable ... Raw skillset at this stage in his development. Doesn’t have much of a post-game and perimeter skills have a way to go. Doesn’t have an advanced half court offensive game. Doesn’t have many ways to get easy baskets outside of outhustling the opposition … Tends to force himself to the basket at times. More of a finesse finisher, rarely tries to dunk with opponents around even if he’s the tallest player on the floor … Leaves his feet a bit too much on defense, fouling on shot fakes and going over the back on rebounds … Slight frame, lacks strength in both the upper and lower body ... He's fluid and athletic but his movements are a bit choppy as he still needs to fill out and gain core strength ...

Outlook: Gabriel is a high riser and has boosted his stock over the past year and a half. After not being considered a top 100 high school player early in his HS career, he is now getting heavy consideration as an NBA prospect ... Gabriel will play for Kentucky next year and joins a talented recruiting class. He is seen as a likely 2-3 year player entering the season ...

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