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Two-Way Tracker: Meet New Kings Forward Wenyen Gabriel

By Jake Winderman | July 31, 2018

Player: Wenyen Gabriel

College: Kentucky (2016-18)

Height/Weight: 6-foot-9, 213 pounds

NBA Team/G League Affiliate: Stockton Kings/Sacramento Kings

College Breakdown: Wenyen Gabriel spent two seasons at Kentucky by way of Khartoum, Sudan before declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft. Gabriel went undrafted, but was added to the Sacramento Kings’ summer league roster. He shot 50 percent from the field during Sacramento Summer League and averaged 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds during Las Vegas Summer League, enough to earn him a two-way contract with the Kings organization. During his final season with the Wildcats, Gabriel posted 6.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game on 44.2 percent shooting from the field and 39.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Gabriel led Kentucky during the 2017-2018 season with 40 blocks and ranked 10th in the SEC in block percentage. During two seasons in Lexington, Gabriel didn’t miss a single game.

Scouting Report: Gabriel will have the ability to play small and power forward in the NBA due to his length and above-average athleticism. He vastly improved his 3-point shooting from his freshman to sophomore year, 7.9 percent to be exact, and will continue to improve with the guidance of an NBA and NBA G League coaching staff. Gabriel is a solid rebounder on both ends of the floor and looks to make plays for his teammates before himself. He was a bit of an iron-man in college, playing in at least 37 games in two seasons at Kentucky, and has proven to be durable over the course of a season. Gabriel will need to improve his free throw shooting due to his propensity to get to the foul line, but will make a good addition to the Kings’ overall roster.

Organizational Fit: The Stockton Kings will be playing their first season in Stockton Arena under a new name, but have had plenty of history grooming NBA-level talent. The organization has developed plenty of notable NBA forwards and centers including Hassan Whiteside, Jack Cooley and Patrick O’Bryant. Gabriel will add even more shooting to a Stockton Kings team that ranked 5th in the NBA G League last season in 3-point percentage.