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Kentucky Basketball: Wenyen Gabriel signing two-way contract with Sacramento Kings

The NBA journey begins for Wenyen Gabriel.

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The Sacramento Kings have announced Wenyen Gabriel has been signed to a two-way contract.

Gabriel joined the Kings roster for the inaugural California Classic in Sacramento and the Las Vegas NBA Summer League, where he averaged 6.8 points (.387 FG%, .273 3pt%, .875 FT%), 5.6 rebounds and 16.4 minutes per game over five appearances in the desert after playing in all three Cal Classic contests.

Good luck to Gabriel as he begins his NBA journey.

It appears the Kings are giving Wenyen Gabriel his first real shot at the NBA.

According to NBA reporters James HaM and David Aldridge, Gabriel is getting a two-way contract with the Kings after a productive Summer League with them.

Gabriel, who entered the draft after two years in Lexington, round a role on the court last year as a high-energy player with a strong motor who could rebound, fight for loose balls, and hit jumpers from the perimeter at a near 40 percent clip.

After a productive sophomore year, Gabriel opted to enter his name into the 2018 NBA Draft. He was never projected to be drafted by any major mock draft service, but he was invited to workout for several teams, most likely for a G-League spot or training camp roster spot.

Part of why Gabriel has even considered the pros is UK having a deep frontcourt next season, which could keep him from getting a bigger role in his third collegiate season.

But really, Gabriel has simply sounded like a guy ready to be a pro and focus all of his time and efforts on basketball, whether that’s in the NBA, the G-League or even overseas.

Thankfully, it will be a mix of the NBA and G-League during his first season in the pros.

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