French basketball pro Victor Wembanyama could be the next big thing – literally.
The 7ft 4 Metropolitans 92, 18 star lit up the court in an electrifying exhibition game against the G-League Ignite on October 4.
Wembanyama is considered a potential No. 1 in 2023 and he showed exactly why in front of around 200 NBA scouts.
It was the Frenchman’s first game under NBA rules (44 minutes) – and he amassed a paltry 37 points.
Able to operate as both forward and centre, Wembanyama was ablaze from the field and cracked seven three-pointers.
He was 11-20 from the field and also contributed with five blocked shots and four rebounds.
It was an incredibly safe performance from the youngster, who made his professional debut at just 15 years old.
And fans were stunned by the fluidity of his movements for such a tall player.
Wembanyama’s performance was the highlight of the Showcase event at the Dollar Loan Center for many, despite his team falling 115-122.
One fan wrote on Twitter: “7’4 moves like this..cheat code”
While another added, “Bro is another KD except 10x better defensively.”
And a third joked: “We are witnessing a historic season of tanking [to get No1 pick].”
A fourth marveled: “This No. 1 pick is officially locked up.”
Wembanyama struggled to last the full 44 minutes as he adjusted to NBA timings.
But the French prospect was in high spirits after showing off his skills to the nation.
The teenager said of his incredible contribution: “It was a great experience, a great experience.
“I can’t wait to do it again. I know we will do it again in two days and then for the rest of my life.”
Metropolitans 92 coach Vincent Collet said: “He was amazing.
“Which he can move very well with his size, his agility, mobility, not just his ability to shoot the 3.
“He even made some very good passes. I think he [had] a really good game but he will also learn from the first half.
“He has to fight more because he knows he has to reckon with this aggressive defense.”
The Frenchman will be back in action on Thursday with another game against Ignite at 12pm PT.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6372666/victor-wembanyama-height-nba-prospect-teen/ 7ft 4 tall teenager and prospective No1 pick Victor Wembanyama made his NBA bow to fans who all thought the same thing