|Victor Wembanyama Quick Info|
|Height||7 ft 5 in|
|Date of Birth||January 4, 2004|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Victor Wembanyama is a French professional basketball player who is considered one of the greatest basketball prospects of his generation and with a listed height of 7 feet 5 inches (2.26 meters), he became the tallest active NBA player. In 2019, his professional career started with Nanterre 92 of the LNB Pro A. He then moved to ASVEL after 2 years, winning the Pro A title in his only season with the team. He signed with Metropolitans 92 for the 2022–23 season and became the youngest player to win the Pro A MVP award while earning Pro A Best Defender honors and leading the league in scoring, rebounds, and blocks. In addition to that, he has also been named an LNB All-Star twice, winning All-Star Game MVP once, and is a 3-time Pro A Best Young Player. He has also played for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As a part of the French national team, he led his team to 2 silver medals at the youth level, including at the 2021 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, where he set the FIBA record for blocks per game in a single tournament.
Le Chesnay, France
He attended lycée and went on to earn a baccalauréat with honors, specializing in earth and life sciences and social and economic sciences.
Professional Basketball Player
- Father – Félix Wembanyama (A track and field athlete who competed in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump)
- Mother – Elodie de Fautereau (Basketball Coach, Former Player)
- Siblings – Eve Wembanyama (Older Sister) (Professional Basketball Player), Oscar Wembanyama (Younger Brother) (Has played basketball and handball at youth level)
- Others – Michel de Fautereau (Maternal Grandfather) (Professional Basketball Player), Marie Christine (Maternal Grandmother) (Basketball Player)
Victor Wembanyama has been represented by agent Bouna Ndiaye of Comsport.
According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, he has a net worth of $10 Million.
7 ft 5 in or 226 cm (Listed Height)
95 kg or 209.5 lbs (Listed Weight)
Race / Ethnicity
Wembanyama is of Congolese descent on his father’s side.
Victor Wembanyama Facts
- It was his mother who taught him basketball as she was coaching youth teams.
- Before he started focusing on basketball, Wembanyama used to play football as a goalkeeper as well as practice judo.
- He was 7 years old when he played for Entente Le Chesnay Versailles and then joined the youth system of Nanterre 92 at age 10.
- In 2013, he drew the attention of Nanterre 92 when Michaël Allard (a youth coach for the club) noticed him on the bench at an under-11 game due to Victor’s exceptional height (at 1.80 meters (5 ft 11 in)) and initially mistook him for a coach.
- Victor Wembanyama was loaned to FC Barcelona for the Minicopa del Rey (an under-14 tournament in Spain) in February 2018. He was later offered to continue his career with FC Barcelona but he declined the offer, citing that the coaches were not willing to challenge him.
- At the 2019 FIBA U16 European Championship in Udine, Italy, he represented the France men’s national under-17 basketball team.
- In his debut with the France men’s national basketball team, Victor Wembanyama scored 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a 90–65 win over Lithuania on November 11, 2022.
- He has been called the most anticipated prospect since LeBron James in 2003.
- During his time in Las Vegas for NBA Summer League in 2023, Victor and his security team were involved in an alleged incident with pop singer Britney Spears. Reportedly, she had approached Wembanyama in Vegas and tapped him on the back which led to his security striking Spears in the face. No charges were filed following the incident but Spears demanded a public apology.
- Wembanyama is well-versed in both French and English.
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