At just 18, Victor Wembanyama already looks like a future NBA superstar.
The seven-foot-four French teenager wowed USA this week after showing his skills in two exhibition games against development team G League Ignite.
Wembanyama, who boasts a reported wingspan of eight feet, inspired his Metropolitans 92 team to a 112-106 victory Thursday, scoring 36 points, 11 rebounds, 4 blocks and 4 assists.
It came after a 122-115 loss in Tuesday’s Game 1 where the NBA prospect still managed 37 points.
“As a first impression of the American game, it was really great,” Wembanyama told reporters Thursday.
Wembanyama’s frightening combination of size and grace on the court has caught the eye of several NBA scouts and many are predicting the youngster to be the first pick in next year’s draft.
He also caught the eye of LeBron James who earlier this week called Wembanyama an “alien” and a “generational talent”.
But for the teenager, it is above all a question of keeping the feet on the ground.
“Obviously it’s an honor to see such great people talking about me like that, but it really doesn’t change anything,” Wembanyama said after Thursday’s game at the Dollar Loan Center.
“I was like, ‘Oh that’s cool.’ But no more. I have to try to stay focused. I haven’t done anything yet.”
Wembanyama was also watched Thursday by friend and fellow Frenchman Rudy Gobert, the seven-foot-one NBA player posing for a photo alongside Wembanyama.
The photo only emphasized the teenager’s size and later went viral on social media.
“I feel good, I feel small,” laughed Gobert as he stood next to Wembanyama.
Gobert added to reporters: “What strikes me the most about him is his maturity.
“Obviously he’s a very unique talent and he has a very unique physique. But his maturity and his confidence, he’s very unique.
Wembanyama will now return to France with his team but, if he remains injury-free, he will no doubt grace the NBA with his talent sooner rather than later.
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