UK signee Wenyen Gabriel won’t let praise change what he has to do

Wenyen Gabriel (USA Basketball Photo)

Wenyen Gabriel (USA Basketball Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Wenyen Gabriel has impressed national recruiting analysts with his play this week during practice for the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore.

The Kentucky signee has made a lot of what analysts call “wow” plays going into this afternoon’s game at 3 p.m. EST on ESPN2 against a team of World stars.

However, Gabriel is not letting the accolades go to his head.

“The best part of being here is playing with all these good players,” said Gabriel. “It’s a new challenge and hope it will show me a lot about my future.

“I have tons of things still to work on. Ballhandling, perimeter shooting, building my strength, getting back in shape. I will be at Kentucky all summer session and that will let me work on all aspects of my game.”

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Another Kentucky signee, point guard De’Aaron Fox, will also play in today’s Nike Hoop Summit.

He said he watched UK’s loss to Indiana in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and understood what happened.

“We didn’t play as well as we should have. Didn’t make a couple of shots, missed some big shots at the end. You can’t win every game and they just had a game where they didn’t play their best,” Fox said..”Now I think everyone is just getting ready for next year. There is nothing else you can say at this point.”

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Another Kentucky signee, Bam Adebayo, was picked to play in the Nike Hoop Summit but declined to make sure he stayed current on his academic work.

On Friday, Adebayo has been named the boys Associated Press  player of the year for the state of North Carolina.

2 comments

  1. How many days till Midnight Madness?!?!?!!!!

    😉

    AlohaCat

  2. Fox looked particularly good in the Nike game. He is one fast player. He plays tenacious defense too and with his long arms and his quickness he will be a strong asset on that end of the floor. Gabriel look good also. One of his highlights was stopping the shot of Kansas bound Udoka Azubuike, who tried to go strong over the top of Gabriel but that wasn’t happening. Gabriel got called for a foul but it looked like a clean block to me. It was obvious Azubuike wasn’t used to things like that happening to him (it will be tough getting used to the idea that someone named Azubuike isn’t a Wildcat).

    Terrance Ferguson pretty much stole the show with 6 made 3’s before halftime and another after the half. He didn’t play a lot the second half because the US was up so far. Ferguson de-commited from Alabama and is considering his options but they don’t include UK apparently. He seems to be leaning toward AZ.

    Oregon commit, Payton Pritchard, hit 4 treys late in the game. But all in all there didn’t appear to be someone who really stole the show like Murray did last year. Ferguson looked very good shooting the ball from outside but we all know what a 2 edged sword that can be unless you’re Steph Curry.

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