America wanted to see and America saw the phenomenon. If the country of basketball still had doubts about the exceptional abilities of Victor Wembanyama, they are lifted. The giant (2.21 m) of the Metropolitans of Boulogne-Levallois dazzled, on the night of October 4 to 5 to the NBA, to the world and to everything else.
For a week, the Metropolitans of Boulogne-Levallois, coached by Vincent Collet, the coach of the France team, are in Las Vegas, responding to the invitation of the NBA, which pays for everything. They are there to face twice, the G-League Unite, a team of young talents called in the near future to evolve in the NBA. So the first game took place. For the record, the Americans won 122-115. But whatever. In each of these two teams, there were the two greatest hopes in world basketball.
On the left therefore, in the French camp Victor Wembanyama, promised first place in the Draft next June. On the right, Scoot Henderson a powerful, mobile and skilful rear who must be number 2. “If I had not been born, he would be number 1,” said the French giant without disassembling. America did not want to miss this face-to-face. ESPN, the powerful TV network, broadcast it live. In the room, took place DeMarcus Cousins, Chris Paul, Devin Booker and all the scouts of the NBA franchises. They did not regret the move. “The 200 NBA scouts and executives who came to see the show did not have to pay for their tickets but if they had, they would not have been harmed no matter the cost,” writes the Washington. Post.
Victor Wembanyama was phenomenal. “Our team needed someone to raise their level of play, I took this responsibility, I had to play my part, because I didn’t want to lose, I hate it,” said the tricolor prodigy after the match.
The Frenchman finished the game with 37 points, 4 rebounds and 5 blocks, with an 11 of 20 on shots and a 7 of 11 on 3 points! He shot from long distance with such ease, brought the ball up, placed counters, leaving the match commentators speechless. Despite the wait, he played without the slightest pressure, which is not the least impressive in his panoply. “Victor was surprised by the aggressiveness brought on him in the first period. He wasn’t ready and he has to learn from that. But in the second half… It’s amazing what he can do with his size, his agility, his shot. He had a very good game, really,” applauded his coach Vincent Collet.
“We have never seen a player like this so comparisons are difficult to draw. The only names that come to mind when looking at him are a 2.21m Kevin Durant on offense and a more mobile Rudy Gobert on defense. This could be one of the greatest drafts since LeBron James in 2003. Prospects that generate that level of confidence don’t show up often. Prospects like Wembanyama never show up…. Never” insists the specialized site Bleacher Report which refers to the US.
In defense, he was an insurmountable wall, even picking up his 6th foul a few seconds from the end. On the other side, Scoot Henderson also made his game: 28 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 steals. The two phenomena will meet on Thursday evening, 9 p.m. French time. “It was a great experience,” said the hero of the evening. “I can’t wait to do it again. I know that we will start again in two days, then for the rest of my life, ”concluded Wembanyama, determined to drive the point home. America is already salivating.
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Basketball: “I can’t wait to do it again …”, Victor Wembanyama impressed the Americans