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Duke Basketball: An Offer for 2016’s Wenyen Gabriel

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One of the hottest names in recruiting over the past month has been Wenyen Gabriel, and he now holds a scholarship offer from the Duke basketball program.

The 6’9″, 200-pound forward from Wilbraham & Monson Academy has caught the attention of many of the biggest programs in college basketball during summer league play, including in Las Vegas this past week, where Mike Krzyzewski, Jon Scheyer, and Jeff Capel were in attendance.

As indicated in this story by Ricky O’Donnell of SBNation, a year ago, Gabriel wasn’t really on the radar of most Division I schools. Now, he is having to decide between the likes of Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and numerous others.

Gabriel is the example of a player who’s made the most of his opportunities to impress on the big stages provided through AAU and summer leagues. Because he’s from New Hampshire and plays at a smaller school in Massachusetts, he doesn’t receive the typical exposure that many top high school basketball players get throughout the year.

Yet, as he showed at the adidas Uprising event in Las Vegas last week with his Mass Rivals AAU team, Gabriel is fully capable of competing and succeeding against many of the other best players in the country.

He has terrific range for a player his size, but he’s also showing the ability to drive to the basket and finish at the rim, which gives him the potential to be a star – especially considering his 6’9″ frame and 7’1″ wingspan.

The offer to Gabriel for Duke now gives the Blue Devils another forward target in the class of 2016. Harry Giles is the No. 1 overall player in the 2016 class and is still considered by many to be the top target for Coach K and his staff. Along with Giles, Duke has also already offered Marques Bolden, a 5-star center in the 2016 class.

Here’s a highlight video of Gabriel from a few months ago.