Victor Wembanyama Biography

Victor Wembanyama is a French professional basketball player who currently competes for Metropolitans 92 in the LNB Pro A. He was born on January 4, 2004, in France.   He stands at 2.20 meters (7 feet 3 inches) and is a power forward. He is widely regarded as one of the most promising European players of his generation. Additionally, many people believe that he will be the number one overall selection in the NBA draft in 2023.

 

     

Early life and youth career

Wembanyama was born in the French city of Le Chesnay. He began his athletic career as a goalkeeper for the football team and later began training in judo. Wembanyama’s mother, a former basketball player, began instructing her son in the fundamentals of the game when he was around four or five years old. It was at his hometown club, Entente Le Chesnay Versailles, that he got his start in the sport. When he was 10 years old, he joined the youth program of Nanterre 92. The player’s parents turned down offers from larger clubs, including FC Barcelona and ASVEL. Wembanyama’s team finished in third place at the Minicopa del Rey, a competition for under-14 players that took place in Spain in February 2018. The tournament was played by FC Barcelona. In the game that determined third place, he finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds.

Wembanyama joined Espoirs Nanterre for the 2019–20 season so that he may compete in the LNB Espoirs, which is the French under-21 league.

In February of 2020, he was a member of the under-18 team that represented Nanterre at the Kaunas Tournament. This competition served as a qualifier for the Adidas Next Generation Tournament (ANGT). In a victory over Zaragoza’s under-18 squad on February 8, Wembanyama set a new record for the ANGT by blocking nine shots in addition to scoring 22 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. He led the tournament in blocks and was chosen to the all-tournament team as a result of his performance, which saw him averaging 15.8 points, 12 rebounds, 2.8 steals, and six blocks per game. He played 20.1 minutes per game for the Espoirs and averaged 10.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks over the course of 13 games.

Wembanyama made his debut with the Espoirs on September 23, 2020, against Espoirs JL Bourg. In that game, the Espoirs prevailed 86–74, and Wembanyama finished with 22 points, 18 rebounds, five blocks, and four assists.

Within the next month, he was designated to play for Centre Fédéral, an amateur squad that was associated with INSEP. On October 21, Wembanyama made his debut in Nationale Masculine 1, scoring 22 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and blocking seven shots in a victory over STB Le Havre. The game ended with a score of 72–63.

 

Professional career

Nanterre 92 (2019–2021)

On 29 October 2019, Wembanyama made his professional debut for Nanterre 92, playing 31 seconds against Brescia in the EuroCup. At 15 years, nine months and 25 days old, he became the second-youngest player behind Stefan Petković to participate in the EuroCup. Wembanyama made his first appearance in the LNB Pro A on September 23, 2020, against JL Bourg. He played for four minutes and grabbed one rebound in the game. In a victory over Orléans Loiret on May 25, 2021, he recorded season highs of 14 points and 10 rebounds. The game ended with a score of 99–87.

Wembanyama was honored as the best young player in the Pro A division during the 2020–21 season. After living there since he was 10 years old, he made the decision to move away from Nanterre at the end of the season.

 

ASVEL (2021–2022)

Wembanyama committed to ASVEL of the Pro A and the EuroLeague by signing a contract on June 29, 2021. The deal was for three years. [20] On October 1st, he made his debut in the EuroLeague, participating in a home game against algiris for a total of three minutes. Wenbanyama set a new career best with 25 points scored on 13-19 shooting during his team’s 85–65 victory over Le Portel at home on April 3.

Wembanyama was awarded the title of LNB Pro A Best Young Player for the second year in a row on May 18, 2022.

On June 3, he experienced a muscular ailment that resulted in his being unable to participate in the remaining portion of the Pro A playoffs.

After the conclusion of the season, Wembanyama used his right to opt-out of his contract with ASVEL.

 

Metropolitans 92 (2022–present)

On the 30th of June 2022, Wembanyama signed a contract with the Metropolitans 92 of the Pro A for a period of two years.

National team career

During the 2019 FIBA U16 European Championship, which took place in Udine, Italy, Wembanyama competed for France. He finished with 12 points, 21 rebounds, and eight blocks in the team’s quarterfinal victory over Croatia, which was 80–78. Wembanyama helped France win the silver medal and was named to the all-tournament team for his performance, which included nine points, 9.6 rebounds, and a tournament-leading 5.3 blocks per game. He participated in the FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup that was held in Latvia in 2021. After helping France win the silver medal in the tournament, Wembanyama was nominated to the all-tournament team. He finished the tournament with an average of 14 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 5.7 blocks per game. In the championship game against the United States, which they won 83–81, he finished with 22 points, eight rebounds, and eight blocks. Wembanyama broke the FIBA record for most blocks per game in a single tournament to earn the title of Most Valuable Player.

 

 

Personal life

Wembanyama’s mother was a basketball player, and Wembanyama’s father competed in the long jump in the past. Eve, his older sister, is a professional basketball player who earned a gold medal with France at the FIBA U16 Women’s European Championship in France in 2017. The tournament was held in 2017. Through his father, he is of Congolese Democratic Republic of origin.