Basketball player profile
Date of birth: Jan 04, 2004
Height:2m18 / 7-2
2019-2020 Regular Season
Victor Wembanyama Averages in France - Pro A U21
Victor Wembanyama through the years
Victor Wembanyama Career Bests: Points
Victor Wembanyama scores a career high 15 points (2019)
On November 11, 2019, Victor Wembanyama set his career high in points in a France - Pro A U21 game. That day he scored 15 points in Nanterre 92's home win against Limoges, 88-74. He also had 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks. He shot 6/7 from two, 0/3 from three, shooting at 60.0% from the field. He also shot 3/4 from the free-throw line.
Victor Wembanyama Career Bests: Rebounds
Victor Wembanyama grabs a career high 9 rebounds (2019)
On November 11, 2019, Victor Wembanyama set his career high in rebounds in a France - Pro A U21 game. That day he grabbed 9 rebounds in Nanterre 92's road win against AS Monaco Basket, 67-77. He also had 14 points, 1 assist and and 1 block.
Victor Wembanyama Career Bests: Assists
Victor Wembanyama gives a career high 3 assists (2019)
On November 11, 2019, Victor Wembanyama set his career high in assists in a France - Pro A U21 game. That day he dished 3 assists in Nanterre 92's home win against Limoges, 88-74. He also had 15 points, 6 rebounds and and 3 blocks.
Victor Wembanyama Career Bests: Steals
Victor Wembanyama has a career high 1 steals (2019)
On October 10, 2019, Victor Wembanyama tied his career high in steals in a France - Pro A U21 game. That day he reached 1 steals in Nanterre 92's road win against Champagne Châlons Reims Basket, 64-77. He also had 7 points, 3 rebounds.
Victor Wembanyama Career Bests: Blocks
Victor Wembanyama blocks a career high 6 shots (2019)
On December 12, 2019, Victor Wembanyama tied his career high in blocks in a France - Pro A U21 game. That day he went for 6 blocks in Nanterre 92's home win against ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne, 76-68. He also had 5 points, 6 rebounds.
Victor Wembanyama Career Bests: Efficiency
Victor Wembanyama records a career high 21 efficiency rating (2019)
On November 11, 2019, Victor Wembanyama set his career high in efficiency in a France - Pro A U21 game. That day he accomplished 21 efficiency in Nanterre 92's road win against AS Monaco Basket, 67-77. He also had 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 assist.
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.
His first coaches talk about Wembanyama
In February 2020, in an article published in « Basketball » magazine, his coaches talked about Victor Wembanyama. Michael Bur, his U21 coach in Nanterre: « Our number one priority for Victor is for him to be a good student. Then, we are trying to help him build-up his frame. Depending on his school schedule, we set-up 3 strength training sessions per week ». The same coach, talking about the U16 European Championship « I liked the intimidation factor he brought to the National Team. He was aggressive, energetic and intense. But offensively he was not at his full potential ». Bur adds « The most impressive thing about him is his love for the game. He is always smiling when he comes to practice. But it does not prevent him from working hard, asking for advice, and wanting to do more ».
Pascal Donnadieu, coach of Nanterre's French Division 1 team, and also an assistant coach for the French Senior National Team: « He is a freak with a crazy combination of size, wingspan, and basketball skills. I've never seen a player this size being able to handle the ball the way he does. He is extremely good playing away from the basket and we don't want to prevent him from doing that. We need to find the right balance between him being effective inside, both defensively and offensively and playing away from the basket. »
Donnadieu is really amazed by his young prospect's skills. « He can do things that only guards should be able to do. It's unbelievable. He is so good with the ball, we sometimes have to keep him from trying impossible stuff. »