Meet Victor Wembanyama, a French prospect who is driving NBA scouts crazy, originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The 2022 NBA draft may have just passed, but there’s no harm in looking ahead to 2023 — especially with Victor Wembanyama on the horizon.
Wembanyama has been in the eyes of scouts for the past few years, but that hype will only intensify as the forthcoming draft cycle gets into full swing.
So who is Wembanyama and why is he so sought after? Here’s everything you need to know about the potential #1 pick in the 2023 NBA draft:
What nationality is Victor Wembanyama?
Wembanyama’s nationality is French. He was born in Nanterre, France, a suburb northwest of Paris.
How old is Victor Wembanyama?
Wembanyama is 18 years old. He was born on January 4, 2004 so will be 19 years old by the 2023 NBA Draft.
Is Victor Wembanyama going to the NBA?
For Wembanyama, that seems to be the plan. He will be a draft pick in 2023 and has caused quite a stir as a potential No. 1 overall pick. The team he goes to depends on how the draft lottery goes next year.
How tall is Victor Wembanyama?
Wembanyama is a 7ft 3 man with a wingspan of 7ft 9. For comparison, Manute Bol had the longest wingspan in NBA history at 8ft 6. Recently, Tacko Fall had a wingspan of 8ft 4 when he made his debut with the Boston Celtics as an undrafted rookie in 2019, which was the second-longest span in league history. Another comparison: Yao Ming had a wingspan of 7ft 5.
What team does Victor Wembanyama play on?
Wembanyama has reportedly just signed a two-year deal Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 from Paris, after ESPN’s Jonathan Giveny. He started in the EuroCup with his hometown club Nanterre 92 in 2019 and resigned from ASVEL Villeurbanne, where he played in the 2021/22 season.
In 16 French games last year, Wembanyama averaged 9.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks on a 47-26-70 shooting range. He averaged 3.1 3-point attempts per game.