Victor Wembanyama Rumors
Victor Wembanyama discussed his NBA aspirations with Le Parisien. Early projections regarding the 2023 draft rank the 16-year-old French center first. “My goal is to go to the NBA,” explained the exciting Nanterre 92 prospect, “I want to be as good as possible. That’s my mentality. I don’t want to simply supplement a team. I don’t like having someone above me. I don’t want to prove something but I also don’t want to disappoint myself.”
If you do not know the name Victor Wembanyama, it is worth dropping everything to learn about the 16-year-old, 7-foot-3 big from France. Wembanyama was recently described as “maybe the best prospect in the world” by Mike Schmitz on ESPN’s podcast Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective. He has been in discussion since appearing as a guest player for FC Barcelona at the U14 Spanish Minicup, though his massive size will keep earning attention as he continues to develop.
“If he doesn’t go Top 5 in his draft when he comes out, then I’m going to be very shocked. Because it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before,” 29-year-old wing Taylor Smith, who played alongside Wembanya for Nanterre outside of Paris, told HoopsHype.
Jason Filippi, a longtime international scout with 19 years of NBA experience, assured HoopsHype that this was no hyperbole. “It is fair to say that he is the next big thing in Europe.” said Filippi. “The kid is only 16. He cannot put his name in the NBA draft until 2022 or 2023. He is a potential generational talent like Luka Doncic. I’m not saying he is going to be good at Doncic. But he is definitely the best player in his age group and I think that if he were eligible for next year’s draft, he’d be a lottery pick and the top European prospect.”