phenom Victor Wembanyama dazzles enthusiastic audiences in Las Vegas

Future world basketball superstar Victor Wembanyama was invited by the NBA to Las Vegas with the Metropolitans 92, which he joined this summer. Ultra-dominant, he guided the Levallois team to success (112-106), Thursday in a friendly against the G-League Ignite, with 36 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks to his credit.

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« We are here for Victor! » Sitting in the second row alongside her husband Rahul, Camilla waves a small French flag. For nothing in the world the couple would not have missed the first American match of Victor Wembanyama. « That way, in ten years, I will be able to say that I was there! »Rahul smiled.

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It’s a phenomenon and the Americans wanted to see it up close: Victor Wembanyama was invited to Las Vegas by the NBA with the Metropolitans 92, the Levallois team he joined this summer, to play two games there. exhibition this week. The 18-year-old giant (2m21), announced as the future world basketball superstar, did not disappoint. Thirty-seven points for a loss on Tuesday and 36 points with a win on Thursday, October 6 against the G League Ignite in Los Angeles.

Victor Wembanyama is only 18 years old but the world of basketball has been talking about him for two years already. Just as comfortable in the exercise of 3-point shots, as that of dribbling between the legs. What it does for its size is unheard of: « All NBA teams have sent representatives here », says journalist Tim Reynolds.

« Everyone wants to see him up close once again after the U19 World Championship. Every time a player of such talent comes to the United States, the whole league is there to watch him. « 

Tim Reynolds, journalist

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During this tour, funded by the NBA, Vincent Collet, the coach of the Metropolitans 92 answered almost exclusively questions about his nugget. Author of two great performances on the field, the player was also very comfortable in English in front of the press. « While we’re here, I would like to see an NBA game, he smiled. And then, visit the city too. We haven’t had much time since we arrived in Las Vegas with training and rest. But hey, I’m not planning to play in the casino! » Even LeBron James, a phenomenon of precocity too, is impressed. « Victor is an alien »he said.

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