Kenny Gabriel wanted to play big conference basketball and on Monday it all came together. An SEC…
Lebo's Tigers Pick Up 4th Commitment
Charlotte, N.C.--Auburn picked up its fourth verbal commitment for the 2008 men's basketball signee class with Ken Gabriel, a forward from United Faith Christian Academy, announcing that he will sign with Jeff Lebo's Tigers in the early period in November. "It is a good decision for me," says Gabriel, who took an official visit to Auburn this past weekend. "Coach Lebo was telling me how well I will fit in his program and I agree." A power forward, Gabriel says he currently checks in at 6-8, 190 pounds. "I think I am still growing and I may reach 6-9 by my freshman year at Auburn," notes Gabriel, who has been a three-year starter in high school. He played as a freshman and sophomore at Hope Christian Academy in King's Mountain where he says he was named conference player of the year. This past season, in his first year at United Faith Christian, he averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. The forward had offers from Old Dominion, South Florida, Winthrop, Miami, East Carolina, UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Wilmington and a variety of others. He was also recruited by Wake Forest United Faith Christian coach Shaun Wiseman says that approximately 30 colleges have been in to see the forward in the past month. "It has been very hectic around here," Wiseman says. "I am glad that it is finally over." Commenting on Gabriel, Wiseman says, "He is a good kid from a good family. He has a lot of upside. He is just really coming into his own learning how to face the basket. He is a six-foot-eight kid who has the wingspan of a seven-foot-one player. He is in the weight room working hard and if he puts on 15 to 20 pounds he has a chance to be really good." Gabriel says improving is a high priority. "Right now the best part of my game is shooting and posting up, but I am working on everything else," he says. Gabriel says he is on track to qualify academically and notes that he has also played center and small forward in addition to power forward, which is where he will likely play in college. Ken Gabriel Playing AAU basketball with the Charlotte Royals, he says that he has played in a variety of areas around the east coast and says that has helped him develop as a player. Gabriel notes that he kept busy on his trip to Auburn this weekend. "It was a real good visit," he says. "I got to meet the players and spend time with Coach Lebo. I met with the academic people and went to the football game, too. "I like everybody I met at Auburn," he says. "There are a lot of nice people there. I like team's style of play and I am looking forward to going to Auburn." Dave Telep, Scout.com's director of basketball recruiting, says the Tigers have picked up a prospect with lots of potential. "Kenny's got a lot of upside to his game," Telep says. "He is a bouncy athlete who moves well. He will need to add about 20 pounds when he gets to college, but he should have any problem doing that."
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