(WTNH)–Four-star power forward Wenyen Gabriel, a top-100 player in the Class of 2016, has narrowed his list of potential schools to five, according to a report from CollegeSpun.com.
UConn is in the running, alongside Duke, Kentucky, Providence and Maryland, according to the report.
The 6-9, 195-pound forward starred at Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Wilbraham, Mass., last season. He’s ranked as the top player in the state of Massachusetts by ESPN, and ranked 83rd in the ESPN Top 100.
But Gabriel is viewed as a late-bloomer by many in the recruiting community.
SB Nation’s Ricky O’Donnell reports that as recently as June of last year, Gabriel didn’t have a single Division 1 scholarship offer. He then transfered from Trinity High School in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he grew up, to Wilbraham & Monson, a prep school where he repeated his junior year.
That’s when he shot up four inches, from 6-5 to 6-9, and went from a middling prospect offered by New Hampshire to one getting offers from UConn and Duke.
It didn’t hurt that he starred for the Mass Rivals AAU team in the Adidas Uprising Summer Championship, showing off an inside-out game inspired by Kevin Durant.
By the time he graduates high school, he could be a five-star prospect, and O’Donnell says he could end up in the Top 20 nationally.
Check out some of his highlights here:
Obviously, it would be a huge steal if the Huskies can land Gabriel, but it may prove to compete with the likes of Duke and Kentucky.
Even still, the fact that UConn is in the conversation for one of the top prospects in 2016 is encouraging.
We’ll keep you updated.