He has changed jerseys, but Victor Wembanyama is, for the second year in a row, the best young player in the French championship. The great hope of French basketball went from Nanterre to Villeurbanne during the last off-season but his progress continues, with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks on average this year.
“Thank you for this trophy, I am really grateful for everything that was done for me last year in particular. Thank you to all my team, my teammates and my coaches, to the leaders and to Tony [Parker] particularly “, said Victor Wembanyama when receiving his trophy on the set of Bein Sports. “I was very well received and I am very happy to receive this second trophy [de meilleur jeune], there’s a third to pick up next year. And then, the season is not over, we have an even greater collective objective to pursue and that is the title of champion of France. »
With his head firmly screwed on shoulders that are getting thicker and thicker, Victor Wembanyama has had a taste of Euroleague games this season, where he has done rather well overall, notably achieving some good performances at the end of the season after getting rid of several physical glitches.
His first upcoming playoffs
Against Kaunas, for example, he finished with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 blocks before returning the cover against Milan with 18 points and 6 rebounds.
“It’s a season where I haven’t been able to play many matches in a row, but when I did play it was satisfying. I built things, especially for next year, it was an interesting season”, he added in L’Equipe. “I think I confirmed that I could dominate in Euroleague and Betclic Elite. With the Euroleague, I saw a requirement that I had not known before with a steady pace and more matches. It was mentally tiring. »
Unfortunately eliminated at the gates of the playoffs on the European scene, and at the quarter-final stage in the Coupe de France, Asvel still has one last goal in sight. By finishing in first place in the championship in the regular season, Villeurbanne leaves with the label of a favorite in the playoffs.
“We had ups and downs but we managed to stabilize in terms of results. I think we’re up to 11 or 12 straight wins now. We finish first and we will therefore have the advantage of the field. In the end, we haven’t done the hard part yet, but the playoffs are going to be exciting to play, especially I’ve never experienced one. »
Already announced as the possible n°1 of the NBA Draft in 2023, Victor Wembanyama still has time ahead of him. Next year, he will once again be able to gain experience and toughen up even more with a new European and French campaign. And why not a few capes under the jersey of the national team by then…
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