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The energy, the passion, and the grit — In just 11 games played with the Trail Blazers this season, rookie forward Wenyen Gabriel proved he encompasses the work ethic and the type of character traits that teams desire in a young player. Those characteristics have also catapulted him to the top of Rip City’s favorite players list.

Now that the Trail Blazers have been in Orlando training for over a week before the resumption of the 2019-20 season at the end of the month, Gabriel gave his own self-assessment of how training camp has looked for him so far.

I think I’ve been playing well. I’ve worked really hard to prepare for this. I think it shows out there in practice. My teammates, coach, everybody in the gym is noticing. — Trail Blazers forward Wenyen Gabriel said after Monday’s practice in Orlando

The 6’9,” 205-pound forward is eager to continue learning and improving during his first season in the league.

The Trail Blazers acquired Gabriel during their mid-season trade with the Kings that sent Kent Bazemore and Anthony Tolliver to Sacramento for Gabriel, Trevor Ariza, and Caleb Swangian.

Gabriel says he’s been spending a lot of time with young Trail Blazer players like Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr., and Nassir Little.

The young guns even went out on a boat ride in Orlando during their day off on Sunday. Sports Performance Specialist Ben Kenyon rallied the young group together for some quality bonding time.…

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