A highly touted French basketball prospect who has evolved into the overwhelming favorite to become the first pick of the 2023 NBA Draft, Victor Wembanya has inspired wonder with his combination of size and skill on the court. Not every 7-footer can knock down three-pointers with such smooth shooting form, much less put the ball on the floor and attack the basket.
For Wembanyama, the sky seems the limit at the NBA level. He’s viewed as a generational prospect, with some draftniks going as far as comparing his upside to the predraft version of LeBron James.
The Frenchman is listed as a forward/center and has played professionally for Nanterre 92, ASVEL, and Metropolitans 92 in his home country, and he’s also suited up for the French national team at both the junior and senior level.
Current team: Metropolitans 92
Former teams: Nanterre 92, ASVEL
Draft status: Eligible in 2023
Nicknames: Wemby, The Alien, Blank Check