“Everyone has been a unicorn in recent years. But this one looks more like an alien.”said LeBron James after the NBA preseason game where the Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Phoenix Suns. The description of the Rey was not directed at any of his teammates or rivals, but at the young French talent, Victor Wembanyamawho appears to be number one in the Draft in 2023.
The response of the Lakers star, who to his 37 years expects to have a great campaign after the disappointing 2022 of his team in the NBA, he toured the world of basketball. Is that the compliments to the boy of 18 years old and 2.19 meters that amazes with his ability to score and move within the game rectangle are not inordinate at all if you take into account the performance of Wemba in the friendly between Ignite (G-League) and Metropolitans 92 (France).
Wembanyama was the star of the night in Las Vegas con 37 points (7/11 in triples) and 5 caps. In that duel, the French played face to face against Scoot Henderson, 1.88-meter American point guard who is also fighting for that ‘1’ in the next Draft, where the NBA franchises will choose players. The “alien”, according to LeBron, won the personal duel.
“No one has ever seen anyone as tall as him, but as fluid and graceful as him on the court… His ability to bounce the ball, take shots from the low post, drop-back 3s, block shots… He is undoubtedly a generational talent and, hopefully, he continues to stay healthy”, analyzed James about his possible successor in the top world basketball league
Tonight, again in the sin City There will be a basketball show with Wembanyama and Henderson at the helm. In the NBA they are already rubbing their hands to have their “new product” imported and with the blessing of LeBron James, neither more nor less.
Who is Victor Wembanyama?
The young talent was born in the city of Le Chesnay, France, and before trying basketball -logically because of his height- he was a soccer goalkeeper and also practiced judo in his childhood. At the age of six, he was already training basketball with his mother, a former player.
Already at the age of 10, clubs like FC Barcelona and ASVEL from France wanted to sign him due to his physical conditions, but his parents preferred that he continue training at Nanterre 92.
In June 2021, Wembanyama signed for ASVEL on a three-year contract to move up to the top division of French basketball and was twice chosen as the best young player in the league. Currently, he is a member of Metropolitans 92 of France.
His time in the youth team of his country could not have been better. He was one of the stars of his team at the U-16 Eurobasket in 2019, where France won the silver medal, and repeated at the World Youth Championship in Latvia last year, where they lost the final to the United States.