Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Wenyen Gabriel Enjoys Maryland, Next Slated Visit is Kentucky
Wenyen Gabriel,the 6-foot-10, 195-pound forward from Wilbraham & Monson, enjoyed his weekend official to Maryland and his next scheduled visit is for Kentucky.
“Wenyen had a good visit,” coach Mike Mannix told SNY.tv. “He likes the staff and team. He left campus with a good understanding of how he fits in. He’s taking it all in. He’s doing a tremendous job of gathering information and then taking some time to process all of it. He’s handling all of this with great maturity.
“I like their style of play,” Gabriel said of Maryland before the visit. “I like the whole atmosphere there, it’s kind of nice.”
Gabriel next visits Kentucky Sept. 25-27 and has a visit scheduled for Duke Oct. 16.-18 He’s also considering UConn and Providence. Head coaches from all five schools visited with him last week.
Mass Rivals coach Vin Pastore believes Gabriel has a huge upside.
“The change for Wenyen has been the 20 pounds he has put on in one year,” he said. “I think one year from now I’ll expect he’ll have 20 more pounds. He’s got another 20 pounds to go and that’s going to make all the difference.
“When you get a kid that’s 6-10 with his skill set and his motor, it’s inevitable that he’s got a huge, huge upside.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.