WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – A local New Englander who played his high school Basketball at Wilbraham and Monson Academy is returning home as Wenyen Gabriel just signed a contract with the Boston Celtics.

In 1997 Wenyen was born in Sudan, but two weeks after his birth, his family moved out of the country to escape the Second Sudanese Civil War. A few years later his family was granted an appeal to move to Manchester, New Hampshire, the location where the eventual 6’9″ professional basketball player grew his love for basketball.

After 3 years at Trinity High School in New Hampshire, Wenyen made the move to Wilbraham and Monson Academy to finish his high school career.

Fast forward a few years he’s now 26 years old and a 6-year veteran of the NBA. Wenyen is a center and power forward who has played in 145 games over four seasons in the NBA and led South Sudan at the 2023 FIBA World Cup.

His seventh season will be with his hometown team the Boston Celtics after inking a new contract with the storied franchise.

Gabriel will now play out the upcoming season living out his dream, and when the season is over he will represent his home nation of South Sudan in the Paris Olympics an amazing year for an amazing person.

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