Few prospects in the Class of 2016 put together a summer on par with 6-foot-9 forward Wenyen Gabriel, who went from a player merely considering high-major programs to one receiving interest (and offers) from many of the nation’s best programs. For some prospects that change in status would result in them looking to string things out recruiting-wise, but that isn’t the case for Gabriel.
Gabriel also has visits to three of those schools planned already, as he’s expected to visit Maryland the first weekend of September (September 4-6), Kentucky from September 25-27 and Duke October 16-18. Gabriel played well throughout the spring and summer for the Mass Rivals grassroots program, with programs such as Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Texas offering him in July as a result.
Of the five schools on the list Providence is the only one without multiple upperclassmen in its current front court rotation, with Duke and UConn having two seniors apiece (the Huskies also have two juniors), Maryland one senior (Jake Layman) and Kentucky two juniors (Marcus Lee and Derek Willis).
Team Rose, which included Lonzo Ball, Kobi Simmons, Edrice Adebayo, Rawle Alkins, and Mustapha Heron, defeated Team Wall, 113-93 on Monday night at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California to win the 2015 adidas Nations.
Alkins, the five-star guard down to 10 schools, scored a game-high 26 points. Markelle Fultz led Team Wall with 14.
The field at the 2015 adidas Nations also included the nation’s top point guard, Dennis Smith Jr., who averaged 16.0 points and 7.6 assists per game in the showcase, as well as Wenyen Gabriel, July’s biggest stock-riser, wh helped Team Africa finish third.
Frank Jackson and Terrance Ferguson, ranked Nos. 10 and 11 by Rivals, played in the same back court for Team Wall, the runner-up in the event.
Wenyen Gabriel is having himself a tremendous few weeks as the Class of 2016 big man recently picked up scholarship offers from Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina after a breakout stretch during the July live evaluation period.
The 6-foot-9 Gabriel made some more impressive plays at adidas Nations this week as he used his left hand to throw down a poster dunk on a defender.
(H/T: Krysten Peek, Rivals.com)
Highlights of Wenyen Gabriel, who’s been offered by Kentucky, Duke (VIDEOS)
No player in the country has seen their stock rise as much during the all-important July Live Periods as Wenyen Gabriel, a 6-foot-9 forward that plays for Mass Rivals.
Back in April, when the mixtape below was posted on youtube, Gabriel, then the No. 84 prospect in the Class of 2016 per Rivals, boasted offers from schools like Boston College, Providence and New Hampshire. With all due respect to those programs, Gabriel may have out grown them. Over the weekend, he received offers from Kansas and Kentucky. And on Monday, he announced that he had received a scholarship offer from Duke.