Sources close to Kentucky’s basketball program have given KSI the latest scoop, once again. The information isn’t groundbreaking, but there’s a more positive tone around the 3 wildcats than in weeks past.
As KSI reported yesterday, Wenyen Gabriel is being advised to return to school by NBA scouts and general managers. Wenyen is weighing his other options, such as the G League or overseas. It’s more likely that he would end up developing his game in the G League than going across the pond to play. Scouts like certain parts of Gabriel’s game, such as his potential as a corner 3 specialist, but they think he’s far from an NBA contributor. Several scouts have said they view him as a 4 year player. Wenyen figures to be a key piece of the Wildcats’ puzzle next year, being the veteran glue guy to go with the incoming youth on the roster.
Jarred Vanderbilt isn’t participating in any physical activity for teams, he’s only available for the interview process. KSI has heard that Jarred will 100 percent be back in a Kentucky uniform next season. BBN has yet to see him fully healthy and conditioned. If he can stay away from the injury bug, Jarred Vanderbilt will be one of the better players in the country. He still has to work on his shot. A lot. However, his rebounding tenacity, passing ability and ball handling ability for his size are traits you can’t teach.
PJ Washington, on the other hand, is far from a lock to either leave or come back. His Instagram post last night left BBN scrambling for answers. It’s hard to figure out subtle hints from kids’ posts on social media, however. Washington has had a good showing at the combine and in some workouts. In some workouts, he’s looked “just okay” as KSI is told. Washington has a lot of different voices in his ear as his decision nears. Hopefully he listens to Cal’s voice above all others and returns to Lexington next season.
We will all find out the players’ decisions within a week. Until then, KSI will post any updates that we hear.