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