Basketball player profile
Date of birth: Jan 04, 2004
Height:2m18 / 7'2"
2019-2020 International Season
Victor Wembanyama Averages in U16 European Championship - Div A
Victor Wembanyama through the years
Victor Wembanyama's Basketball Journey
One of the most intriguing prospects in French basketball history, Victor Wembanyama comes from a family of athletes. His father was in a long jump athlete who's record was 7.41 meters, and his mother was a basketball player for Stade Français. His sister, Eve Wembanyama, was born in 2001, and won a U16 European Championship with the French National Team in 2017 with Marine Fauthoux and Iliana Rupert.
Born in 2004, Victor has always been close to a basketball court. He started at Entente Le Chesnay-Versailles, near Paris, before joining Nanterre at 10 years old. Nanterre could not keep his potential secret for long since he was already dunking with the U11 team during the famous Mondial Minibasket de Bourbourg that his team won.
Victor Wembanyama domlnating youth basketball
Wembanyama went on to being 6'4 at only 11, 6'10 at 14, and 7'2 at 15. While playing in U15 team, he received offers from Asvel, Centre Federal, and even Barcelona, but his parents chose to keep him in a familiar environment, giving him time to develop. And he did with success, blossoming during the 2017-2018 season and winning the France U15 Elite championship with Nanterre and the U15 TIL with Ligue Île de France. At only 14, he joined the U15 French National Team and won the Trophée du Futur in Troyes.
In 2018, ESPN's Mike Schmitz was able to sneak in a camera at Nanterre's practice to see what the 2023 NBA Draft prospect was about. He saw an extremely long, surprisingly athletic, big man that could handle the ball and shoot from outside. While still skinny, Victor Wembanyama made a strong impression.
In 2018-2019, Victor Wembanyama won the U15 French Championship with Nanterre, and went to France's U18 Final Four.
Before joining France's U16 National Team, at 15, Victor Wembanyama was measured at 7'2 with a 7'7 wingspan.
Wembanyama shining at FIBA U16 European Championship
On August 10, 2019, Victor Wembanyama had his first major international performance playing with the French U16 team against Serbia at the 2019 European Championship. In a game that impressed all the scouts in the attendance, he helped France to a comeback win (69-67) combining 11 points, 10 rebonds, 7 blocks and 3 steals in 30 minutes. The day before, his first basket ever with the national team was... a three pointer !
On August 14, 2019, Wembanyama set new records for french U16 players, grabbing 21 rebounds and blocking 8 shots in the European Championship Quarter Final against Croatia. He also had 12 points, 1 assist and 1 steal and ended up with an amazing 37 efficiency rating.
During the 2019-2020 season, Nanterre's plan is to have Victor Wembanyama practice with the Pro team (in Jeep Elite, France's division 1) at only 15 years old. He may play with the U18 team or even the U21 team, depending on his health and development.