In this EDGE article posted last week, TheSabre.com spoke with Wilbraham & Monson Academy (Wilbraham, N.H.) head coach Mike Mannix last week to discuss 6’10” rising senior Wenyen Gabriel. For this “Quick Take” feature, Gabriel took some time to discuss recruiting and more.
Gabriel attended Trinity Catholic, a private school in Manchester, New Hampshire, for three years before transferring to Wilbraham & Monson. Upon transferring, the talented prospect reclassified from the 2015 Class to the 2016 Class. Gabriel had zero scholarship offers last spring, but he now boasts offers from Boston College, Connecticut, DePaul, Kansas State, Maryland, Providence and Virginia.
Gabriel, who was born in South Sudan but moved to the New Hampshire when he was three, has six brothers and sisters. Older brother, Mabor, played at Trinity Catholic before moving on to Fort Scott Community College in Kansas. Older sister, Karima, is a rising red-shirt senior on the Boston College women’s basketball team.
Talk about your decision to reclassify. Obviously, it turned out to be a good one.
WENYEN GABRIEL: “I felt I needed another year physically. It was an opportunity to play against better competition. I feel I already had the talent, so this was a chance to show it. I couldn’t really challenge myself much before.”
Coach Mannix said you had a long conversation with UVa head coach Tony Bennett recently. How would you assess the conversation, and what is your reaction to having an offer from UVa?
WENYEN GABRIEL: “It was a really comfortable conversation. He talked to me about the players he used to coach and how he sees me as a player. He likes my potential. He thinks I have a lot of upside. He was telling me about the program. That might be my best offer right now, but I haven’t done all of the research.”
Do you have any plans to visit UVa?
WENYEN GABRIEL: “I want to visit there. I know they have a good campus. I’m interested in visiting. We’ll see what happens with...
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