Adidas Next Generation Tournament Kaunas - February 2020
By Biel Colominas
Named in the All-Tournament team after averaging 15.8 points, 12 rebounds (3.3 offensive), 2.8 steals and 6 blocks. Wembanyama has a unique combination of size, length, coordination, skills and IQ, that make him one of the most intriguing players in Europe. Ridiculous ability to produce on offense for his team; effective in transition where he is great running the court, can also grab and go with impressive ball-handling ability and finish at the rim without turning the ball over. On half court, he has excellent footwork to create in the low post, is a good target for lobs and can shoot from mid and long range. His shooting form looks good, is natural and he has great touch as a shooter. But Wembanyama has the most important impact as a defensive anchor; his physical presence brings huge intimidation all over the half court, being an elite shot blocker thanks to his length, instincts and reactivity (set the new ANGT record with 9 blocks against Zaragoza).
FIBA U16 European Championship Division A - August 2019
Named in the All-Tournament Team. Unique prospect, by far the most awaited player in the tournament, fulfilled expectations in Udine. Incredibly tall and long but his frame is still developing. Ridiculous mobility and reactivity for his size, even though he clearly hasn’t reached his athletic ceiling yet. Has some real ball skills, showed some flashes of impressive passing instincts and post moves, soft touch from mid and short range; excellent footwork on offense for a player his size. His shot has a promising form and looks quite natural, but so far is not reliable yet and will require some work on its motion. Impressive how he was able to be effective on both ends of the floor just because of his unique physical presence. On defense his reactivity and length were ridiculous, he brought unreal intimidation in the paint and ended up easily as the top shot blocker in the tournament. Averaged 9 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 5.3 blocks.
Victor Wembanyama is an unique player and something unseen until this moment. Already a 7-footer with elite skills Wembanyama possesses all the tools to become the next big thing in the European scene. With an outstanding wingspan, Wembanyama is still undeveloped and his skinny and lanky body has plenty of room to fill in the next couple of years before to be able to make a prediction about his future position. Wembanyama plays actually as a mobile forward, posting up and attacking off the dribble from the arc. His shooting tools are a work in progress but is a matter of time that he develops a reliable jumpshot. His feel for the game is huge and he is adjusting his body to his skills in this stage of his career.
On defensive side he is not scare to guard perimeter players and he handles well guards thanks to his wingspan and his defensive poise. Wembanyama is a great rim protector with good feeling to block shots and great rebounding desire. Against stronger and more developed players he suffers to contain them.
Victor Wembanyama jumped to spotlight at U14 Spanish Minicup as a guest player for FC Barcelona. The Nanterre’s player is part of a basketball family, his sister is a youth national team player and his mother is a former pro player.
2018/19: Nanterre (Pro A, France)
2019/20: Nanterre (Pro A, France)
2020/21: Nanterre (Pro A, France)
2021/22: ASVEL Villeurbanne (Pro A, France)