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Wenyen Gabriel declares for 2018 NBA Draft

Gabriel is declaring for the NBA Draft despite unfavorable draft odds, but he won’t hire an agent right away.

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Wenyen Gabriel has declared for the NBA Draft following his sophomore season at Kentucky. However, he will not hire an agent right away, allowing him to test the waters and see where he stands.

Gabriel came back after a frustrating freshman season that ended with him having a heavily-diminished role. His second season was a major improvement on the first as he improved his numbers and minutes while also taking on a leadership role. He averaged 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in his second season.

Gabriel had a moment in the national spotlight when he caught fire in the SEC Tournament, going 7-for-7 from 3-point range against the Alabama Crimson Tide, scoring 23 points. Gabriel also impressed with 16 points against the Buffalo Bulls in the NCAA Tournament.

At 6-9 and 205 lbs, Gabriel could fit the wing profile well from a physical standpoint. But he’s not showing up on any draft boards as of late. He is not mentioned on’s mock draft, nor is he mentioned on Sports Illustrated’s or ESPN’s big boards.

It is no secret that Gabriel and his family have hard a lot of hardships to overcome in life, so if he wants to make some money playing professional basketball so he can better support them, that’s very admirable and something everyone should support.

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