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Wenyen Gabriel Announces That He's Signed With The Kings

Wenyen Gabriel is fired up during game against Cleveland State.

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 23: Wenyen Gabriel #32 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates during the game against the Cleveland State Vikings at Rupp Arena on November 23, 2016 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Four Kentucky Wildcats were selected in Thursday night's NBA Draft. Now another—forward Wenyen Gabriel—has landed with a team.

Gabriel was a bit of a surprise entry into the NBA Draft. He spent two years as a role player for the Wildcats, although there were definite flashes, especially late in this past season.

Gabriel also impressed during the pre-draft process. He tied a record in the grueling "Lakers Mentality Drill," which showed off his shooting stroke and conditioning.

Gabriel went undrafted, as expected. However, he will get the chance to play with a number of former Wildcats.

On Friday afternoon, Wenyen Gabriel announced that he had joined the Sacramento Kings.

The Kings love to pick up John Calipari players. They did not draft one on Thursday, but add Gabriel to a Wildcat-heavy group, at least for the summer.

The roster currently features Willie Cauley-Stein, De'Aaron Fox, and Skal Labissiere.

As a sophomore this past season, Gabriel averaged 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He has solid "three-and-D" size, and shoots just under 40-percent from three point range, and blocked over a shot per game in just 23.1 minutes.

Of course, it is far from a guarantee that he will ever carve out a major role with the club. He is definitely worth taking a look at though.