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Wenyen has narrowed his college list to Duke, Kentucky, UConn, Maryland and Providence.
Wenyen was the talk of the adidas Uprising Gauntlet in Georgia.
Wenyen cracked the top 100 in the Class of 2016.

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In high school basketball, July is an ideal time for recruiting. In Wenyen Gabriel's '16 case, the month surpassed all expectation. When playing in a showcase at Adidas Nations, Wenyen attracted the attention of numerous renown colleges, such as: Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, Providence and Wake Forest, making him the most recruited basketball player in the history of Wilbraham & Monson Academy.

A rising senior at the Academy, Wenyen, supported by his AAU team, Mass Rivals, has recently acquired numerous scholarship offers from the noteworthy colleges. Wenyen recently narrowed his college list to: Duke, Kentucky, Connecticut, Maryland and Providence.

WMA's Boys' Varsity Basketball Coach, Mr. Mike Mannix, said, "Wenyen had the most successful and productive summer of any high school basketball player in the country. That is no exaggeration. His hard work in the spring and early summer all paid off in July. He had a great spring here and he continued to work on his development with his AAU coaches in June. I'm happy for him and I'm excited to see him lead our team this season as one of our two captains. He'll help our young guys understand that a great work ethic is the most important part of becoming a great player."

If that were not enough, Wenyen's original summer national ranking of 84 by ESPN will continue to climb after his numerous successful performances.

His notoriety has continued to spread throughout the year, as Wenyen sprouted four inches from the previous summer, allowing his talent to flourish with his height. Through blood and sweat, Wenyen gained noticeable improvement from last summer.

Wenyen said, "People are starting to notice all the hard work I've been putting in. The opportunity to play in front of colleges a lot and develop a lot is incredible. Being able to redo my junior year was obviously a big opportunity, helping me develop physically and get used to playing against high competition all the time."

Wenyen was also chosen to compete in the 10th annual Under Armour Elite 24 showcase in late August. The event, held in New York City, showcases the "24 Best High School Prospects in the World," granting the players an opportunity to further both their skill and reputation.

"I want to thank all my coaches," said Wenyen. "They all believed in me and just kept pushing me. I'm happy and a lot of people are happy for me, so I'm just going to keep moving forward from here on out."

Click here to see a TV interview of Wenyen.

By Mary Sparago '17

5 WMA athletes medal at Bay State Games

Even though the Summer Olympics weren't held in 2015, there were still opportunities for athletes to earn gold medals.

In mid-July, the Bay State Games hosted its annual sports tournament, calling upon athletes to represent the six different regions of Massachusetts in various competitions. Four Wilbraham & Monson Academy athletes went home with medals.

Val MacEachern '17, playing a defensive wing for the West team, won the gold medal in soccer, while Marissa Fabbo '17 took home the gold in softball. The tournaments were held at the Veterans Memorial Sports Complex in Waltham.

Val said, "It was really great winning. We were originally in second place. It was a fight to the finish, and playing Northeast, a well put together team, was quite difficult. It was just an overall great experience."

After five games of pool play, the West faced the Northeast in the final, with Val and the West posting a 3-1 victory to win the gold medal.

"I would like to thank my coaches for putting me on the team," said Val. "I had a great time meeting all the girls and training for three weeks with them. Once the tournament came, I felt ready to play."

Marissa played every game at catcher for the West, which beat Central 7-3 in the gold medal contest after losing to the same squad 6-2 the previous game.

"I played with a bunch of girls I play travel ball with a few years ago. They're really good," Marissa said. "It was good to get back together with them. We really bonded as a team."

Marissa, who batted .333 for the tournament, said the West hadn't won the gold medal at Bay State Games in seven years.

Nick Kubacki '16, along with his West soccer team, won the silver medal after losing to Central 3-1 during the gold medal game.

The baseball tournament for the Bay State Games took place at Bentley University in Waltham. Outfielder Joey Mack '16 and catcher Tom Quinn '16 supported their West team in winning the bronze medal, with an overall record of 3-2.

By Mary Sparago '17

Wenyen Gabriel '16 offered hoop scholarship to Texas, Notre Dame

Wilbraham & Monson Academy's Wenyen Gabriel '16 is a hard worker inside the classroom and on the basketball court, and all that hard work is about to pay off.

Wenyen stole the show at the adidas Uprising Gauntlet in Georgia last week, so much so that he was the talk of the showcase.

After the tournament he was offered basketball scholarships from Texas and Notre Dame. The 6-foot, 11-inch forward has already been offered scholarships from Vanderbilt, Rice, Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, Nebraska, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, DePaul, Alabama, Xavier, Providence and Kansas State.

"Playing on a stage like that really excited me," Wenyen said. "Having all those coaches watching you play is what every high school player wants. I'm just glad it turned out well and I'm looking forward to seeing them again this week in New York at the adidas All-American Camp."

Click here to read the story on scout.com.

Wenyen Gabriel ranked #84 by ESPN

Much like his smile, the future is bright for Wilbraham & Monson Academy's Boys' Basketball player Wenyen Gabriel '16.

In the latest ESPN poll, Wenyen cracked the top 100 among the Class of 2016, landing in the #84 spot and #1 in his home state of New Hampshire.

"We are all very proud of Wenyen and everything he has accomplished in his first year at WMA," Coach Mike Mannix said. "He is continuing to work hard during the summer and I am confident he will keep rising in the rankings. He is a special talent and a young man of high character. Next season, he will have the opportunity to play multiple positions on the floor and be one of our team leaders."

Wenyen was a leader in the classroom as well, earning honor roll status in each trimester. His athletic and academic talents make the 6-foot-10-inch forward one of the prized recruits in the Class of 2016. He has already been offered scholarships to Boston College, Providence College, New Hampshire, St. Bonaventure, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Connecticut, Kansas State, Maryland, Miami, Rice, Xavier, DePaul, Georgia Tech, Rhode Island, Vanderbilt and Virginia. Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Princeton have also expressed interest.

Wenyen helped the Titans reach the semifinal round of the NEPSAC AA Conference tournament last season. He was named to the league's honorable mention list.

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