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.”
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.”
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.