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Former Trinity standout Gabriel enters NBA Draft

May 30. 2018 10:38PM
Kentucky Wildcats forward Wenyen Gabriel reacts during a game against the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks in the second half at Rupp Arena. (Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Trinity High basketball standout Wenyen Gabriel announced Wednesday that he will forgo his remaining college eligibility with the University of Kentucky and keep his name in the 2018 NBA Draft. Wednesday was the deadline for college players who had yet to hire an agent to decide to remain in the draft or return to school. Gabriel played two seasons for the Wildcats.

“This process hasn’t been easy for me, choosing between a life long dream and playing in front of a fan base I have grown to love so much,” said Gabriel via a video on Twitter. “My time (at Kentucky) has only better-prepared me for what the future has for me.

“After receiving positive feedback, my dreams of becoming a professional basketball player are that much closer to being a reality. I believe I am ready to take that jump and will keep my name in the 2018 NBA Draft.”

Gabriel announced his initial decision to enter the draft last month and has worked out for some NBA teams since. The 6-foot-9 swingman averaged 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds last season at Kentucky.