Tag: Wenyen Gabriel

Calipari wanted to practice after game until players “were puking”

Wenyen Gabriel (Jeff Houchin Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

For 32 minutes against LSU, Kentucky coach John Calipari mainly liked what he saw from his team. Then he wasn’t sure if the team reverted to old habits or just got tired and let LSU cut a 25-point lead to 92-85 by the time the game ended.

“If I could practice tonight, we would have gone three hours. I would have had them meet me at the gym at 10 o’clock, and I would have gone three hours until one in the morning until people were puking,” said Calipari after the game. “That’s what I would have done. That’s the old days. I can’t do that.

Calipari on officials: “If you make a call, then you better make that same call for my team.”

Tempers flared at Mississippi State Tuesday. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Forward)

By LARRY VAUGHT

What is causing so many fouls in Southeastern Conference games?

There have been 233 fouls called in UK’s last five SEC games, and 144 in the last three including 52 in Tuesday’s win at Mississippi State.

“If they’re going to call 144, just make sure they’re on both of us. Don’t just make them on our team. Call them on everybody,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “If you’re calling hand checks, call them all. If not, let them all go.

Loss helped Cats, but Gabriel admits ending 42-game home streak “affects you”

Wenyen Gabriel and coach John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

Wenyen Gabriel and coach John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After Kentucky lost to UCLA, senior forward Derek Willis said he felt the team was a little complacent after winning its first eight games so easily.

“We came into the game beating every team by 21 points or more, and a lot of us, as freshmen it’s our first time in the league. It’s hard to judge that and get a good feel on that. So, playing a game like this really helped us,” said freshman forward Wenyen Gabriel Tuesday when asked about Willis’ belief.

Wenyen Gabriel: “I play like my life’s on the line every game”

Wenyen Gabriel and coach John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

Wenyen Gabriel and coach John Calipari (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Wenyen Gabriel figured out quickly that his way to earn playing time was to play with unusually high energy — and through three games he’s done that.

“Every time I step on the court, I’m trying to win. I kind of feel like I play like my life’s on the line every game that I’m in. Just trying to get better every time,” said Gabriel Friday as UK prepared to host Duquense Sunday night.

Gabriel again emphasized that his playing style goes back to his familiy.

Clarion coach sees UK playing in Final Four

Bam Adebayo had a double-double against Clarion Sunday. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Bam Adebayo had a double-double against Clarion Sunday. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

It was only an exhibition game, but Kentucky’s 108-51 win over Division II Clarion Sunday night left Clarion coach Marcess Williams convinced this could be a special year for the Wildcats.

“They’re as good as advertised. They’re really long and really athletic. We knew we were coming down here and playing against five or six potential pros,” Williams said. “We thought they might deny the pass lanes a little bit more, but they really didn’t. They were really climbing in us with the guy with the basketball.

Cats praise strength coach Rob Harris

Sacha Killeya-Jones says workouts with Rob Harris are crazy. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Sacha Killeya-Jones says workouts with Rob Harris are crazy. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky basketball players spent a lot of time talking about strength coach Rob Harris during the recent Media Day.

“He pushes you a lot. This is the best shape I’ve ever been in. Rob likes to get us motivated. We talk to each other, play music and really get into it,” said Wenyen Gabriel.  “I’ve never had anything like that before, so it’s been new to me, but it’s been really beneficial as well. It really has helped my game.”

A fan’s look at the new faces of Kentucky basketball

De'Aaron Fox at Nike Hoop Summit practice. (USA Basketball Photo)

De’Aaron Fox at Nike Hoop Summit practice. (USA Basketball Photo)

By JESSICA  JONES, Contributing Writer

De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk share Jordan Brand MVP honors

foxBROOKLYN, N.Y. – The Kentucky men’s basketball team will say goodbye to arguably the nation’s best backcourt during the 2015-16 season with Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray headed to the NBA, but the Wildcats appear to be in good hands with incoming guards De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, who shared MVP honors Friday night at the annual Jordan Brand Classic.

Fox, a point guard, was named MVP of the winning East Team, and Monk, a shooting guard, earned MVP honors for the West Team. The dynamic backcourt duo led all scorers with a combined 45 points. Fox scored a game-high 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting to go along with five rebounds while Monk scored 22 points with five rebounds, three assists and three steals. The Bentonville, Ark., native was 10 for 19 from the floor.

Four UK signees in Jordan Brand Classic Friday

2016-3-30 Shoot Around

2016-3-30 Shoot Around

By LARRY VAUGHT

The postseason high school all-star basketball season ends Friday with the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y. The game will air on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. and will feature Kentucky signees Bam Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, Wenyen Gabriel and Malik Monk.

Adebayo, who was recently named the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year, was the only player in the McDonalds All American Game to have a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. He’s being counted on by UK fans to provide the consistent inside play next year that Kentucky  lacked this season. He was selected for the Nike Hoop Summit game but elected not to play.

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.