Kentucky’s Gabriel to enter NBA draft, not hiring an agent

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky forward Wenyen Gabriel will enter the NBA draft pool but not hire an agent, remaining eligible to return for his third season with the Wildcats.

The 6-foot-9 sophomore averaged nearly 10 points over the final eight games to rank sixth on the team at 6.8 points with 5.4 rebounds per contest. Gabriel said in a release Wednesday that after talking with John Calipari and other Kentucky coaches, “They believe it’s in my best interest to see where I stand in the eyes of the NBA.”

Gabriel is Kentucky’s fifth player to enter the June 21 draft, following freshman teammates Kevin Knox, PJ Washington, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Hamidou Diallo. Knox, Gilgeous-Alexander and Diallo are hiring agents and will not return to school.

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