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Wenyen Gabriel will stay in 2018 NBA Draft

While not projected to be drafted, Gabriel had a tough time reaching a final decision.

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Wenyen Gabriel will forgo his remaining college eligibility and remain in the 2018 NBA Draft. He announced the decision on Twitter:

Gabriel, the lengthy Kentucky forward, found 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 upping his scoring average a little more than two points per game in about six minutes more per game, Gabriel opted to enter his name into the NBA Draft. Gabriel 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.

Still, had Gabriel returned, he figured to play an important role on next year’s Wildcats squad as a player who can come off the bench, stretch the floor with his shooting ability, and grab rebounds and grab 50/50 balls. Instead, he’ll now look to pursue a pro career, though it will likely begin with an overseas stint.

Good luck to Gabriel as he now looks to begin his pro career.

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