(Photo : JEFF PACHOUD/AFP by way of Getty Images) TOPSHOT – Metropolitans 92 French energy ahead Victor Wembanyama eyes the ball in the course of the French Elite basketball match between JDA Dijon and Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 on the Palais des Sports Jean-Michel-Geoffroy in Dijon, on January 15, 2023.
Victor Wembanyama, the consensus 1st general choose within the coming 2023 NBA Draft, will not be attending the NBA Draft Combine and the NBA Draft Lottery as a result of ongoing French basketball season, the place he’s presently taking part in.
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Wembanyama to Miss NBA Draft Combine and NBA Draft Lottery
Wembanyama plans to complete the present LNB Pro A season with the Metropolitans 92, which relies in Levallois-Perret of the Paris metropolitan space. The league’s common season will conclude on May 17, with the highest eight groups advancing to the playoffs.
The Metropolitans 92 presently sit at 2nd within the standings, guaranteeing them a spot within the postseason. This will prolong the 19-year-old prospect’s stint with the French crew.
Wembanyama is presently averaging 21.6 factors, 10.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and an astounding 3.1 blocks per recreation within the French league.
The 7’4 middle is broadly thought-about the most effective basketball prospect in years. He can shoot from past the arc, beat defenders off the dribble, and rating in numerous methods within the paint.
Nicknamed “Wemby,” his colossal peak additionally makes him an elite shot blocker. His mixture of dimension and ability is unprecedented amongst prospects earlier than him.
This would be the final time prospects can miss the NBA Draft Combine. Starting in 2024, the league introduced that each one prospects are required to take part within the multi-day occasion that measures their expertise in a number of sides of the sport.
The NBA Draft Lottery will begin on May 16, whereas the NBA Draft Combine will likely be held from May 16-18.
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