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Former Kentucky forward and undrafted free agent Wenyen Gabriel will play NBA summer league with the Sacramento Kings, according to team reporter Sean Cunningham.

Gabriel, who was not among the 60 players selected in Thursday's 2018 NBA Draft, also hinted at the move via Twitter Friday.

The Kings, who hosted Gabriel for a workout May 21, drafted Duke's Marvin Bagley No. 2 overall and Blue Devils' guard Gary Trent Jr. at No. 37 before trading him to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Gabriel joins Aaron Harrison, Isaiah Briscoe and Isaac Humphries as players to go undrafted after two seasons at Kentucky.

"Ok bet, ima make em all regret," Gabriel tweeted afterward.

The Wildcats had four players selected in Thursday's 2018 NBA Draft. Freshman forward Kevin Knox went No. 9 overall to the New York Knicks, followed by freshman point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who was taken at No. 11 by the Charlotte Hornets and then traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt went 41st to the Orlando Magic before being dealt to the Denver Nuggets and freshman guard Hamidou Diallo was selected at No. 45 by the Brooklyn Nets before being sent to the Hornets and then acquired by the Oklahoma City Thunder..

"I'm disappointed Wenyen Gabriel's work to get on a team is not done yet, but I always tell every player that I coach when we go through this process, 'It may not go perfectly, but if it's your dream, you'll make it,'" Kentucky coach John Calipari tweeted Friday. "And I know our guys are made for this. I can look back at DeAndre Liggins and Andrew Harrison and know that the draft doesn't define your dreams. Everybody's path is different."

Gabriel averaged 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 23.1 minutes per game as a sophomore last season for Kentucky, leading the team in blocks (40) and ranking second in made three pointers (42), second in three-point percentage (39.6) and third in steals (30).

He turned some heads vs. Alabama in the semifinals of the 2018 SEC Tournament, where he tied a career-best with 23 points, making a perfect 7 of 7 shots from three-point range. Gabriel was named to the SEC All-Tournament Team as Kentucky captured its fourth straight league tourney crown.

Of the five Kentucky players to test the NBA Draft waters, Gabriel was the only one not to receive an invitation to the draft combine in Chicago, but Calipari said that despite being projected as a fringe NBA prospect, Gabriel was pretty much set on starting a new chapter in his basketball career.

"He wanted to go for it. He was adamant. 'I have to do this coach,'" Calipari said. "And then my shift is, 'How can I help? Which teams are you working out for? What calls can I make?'"

Calipari thinks Gabriel still has a shot at making it in the NBA but much like former Wildcats Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson and Andrew Harrison, will likely have to go through the G League to do it.

"He's 6-10 and can really shoot," Calipari said. "He has to get stronger but in an NBA environment, within a year, he'll be able to battle and can really shoot it."

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere and De'Aaron Fox also play for the Kings.