Ahead of the start of the Betclic Elite season, Victor Wembanyama confirmed his ambition to use the coming months to convince NBA recruiters and be number 1 in the next draft.
Victor Wembanyama is not beating around the bush. After just one season at ASVEL, the 18-year-old has decided to return to the Paris region under the colors of Boulogne-Levallois. Present this Tuesday on the occasion of the “media day” organized by the National Basketball League (LNB) a few days before the start of the Betclic Elite season, the native of Chesnay justified his choice with a ” pleasant, protective environment » that the Metropolitans offered him in order to best prepare for his big goal: to be number 1 in the next NBA draft.
” It is the choice of a certain security and insurance before taking the plunge “, he added in remarks collected by RMC Sports. Addressing this season “ with appetite » but also the « want to enjoy this last year in France before a career he projects over almost two decades in the North American league, Victor Wembanyama assumes “ the impression of having a slightly different status “due to a planned departure to the NBA.
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Wembanyama: “The goal is to improve every year”
The young strong winger does not hide it, he intends to continue his progression under the orders of Vincent Collet. ” I stay focused and the goal is to improve every yearhe confided. I want to continue this momentum. But the big deadlines are coming, the plan will go up. “While ASVEL must lead Betclic Elite and Euroleague together, the Metropolitans will only have the French championship to compete in. Which is anything but a problem for Victor Wembanyama.
” It really is the ideal format. I don’t need to take any risk to play anymore. For development, there is no betterclaimed the 18-year-old. I will be able to do what I had done in the past but had no time to do lately. That is to say individual work, with different coaches, bodybuilding. “In the eyes of the Parisian, this season should allow him to” consolidate a possible first place for the draft ” instead of ” take 15kg and take risks “. An appointment with the NBA which will go through a successful passage in Boulogne-Levallois.