Versatile Gabriel is Auburn's "stat sheet stuffer"

By John Zenor

Associated Press

Published: Friday, March 2 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn coach Tony Barbee calls Kenny Gabriel the Tigers' "stat sheet stuffer."

The versatile Gabriel is known for high-flying dunks and is tied for second in the Southeastern Conference in blocked shots. He's also No. 2 on the team in 3-pointers and steals.

He'll play his final home game for Auburn (14-15, 4-11 Southeastern Conference) on Saturday against LSU.

The 6-foot-8, 209-pound Gabriel has been the top player for struggling Auburn this season, mainly because he plays so many roles.

He posted Auburn's first triple double against Bethune-Cookman on Jan. 2.

Teammate Rob Chubb says Gabriel's 3-pointers and dunks are often momentum-shifters that get the crowd and the team going. Chubb says Gabriel "can jump out of the gym."

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