In an exhibition match against a G-League team in Las Vegas, Victor Wembanyama scored 37 points for Boulogne-Levallois. Opposite, his rival for the 2023 Draft Scoot Henderson scored 28.
It was a great first that took place yesterday in Las Vegas, and it was a Frenchman who was at the heart of everyone’s attention. The NBA organized an exhibition match between the Boulogne-Levallois team, led by Victor Wembanyama, and the G-League Ignite team (the only team not affiliated with an NBA franchise, which serves to best prepare players before the Draft) by Scoot Henderson. The two 18-year-old players (they are a month apart) are announced for the first two places in the next Draft, and the NBA has decided to organize this match, broadcast on ESPNand where all NBA franchises were represented (about 200 scouts and leaders). The big League took care of the travel and accommodation of the Metropolitans and will even pay (15,000 euros, according to The Team) the Chorale de Roanne, which should have faced Boulogne-Levallois this Friday in Betclic Elite, but whose match will be postponed to a Tuesday evening in December!
Victor Wembanyama is a one-of-a-kind hooper!
🦄 37 PTS, 4 REB, 5 BLK, 7 3PM pic.twitter.com/jc3Jz6SLio
— NBA (@NBA) October 5, 2022
“A great experience” for Wembanyama
This exceptional match, which took place with NBA rules (in 48 minutes, therefore) saw the victory of Ignite with a score of 122-115, but the score is more than anecdotal, since everything revolved around two players. In the end, Victor Wembanyama finished with 37 points (11/20 on shots, 7 3-point shots), 4 rebounds and 5 blocks and Scoot Henderson with 28 points and 9 assists. “It was a great experience, a great experience. I can’t wait to do it again. I know we will start again in two days, and then for the rest of my life, “said the native of Chesnay, who impressed all observers. But his rival was not left out. Even if he was countered three times by the Frenchman, the 1.88m leader managed to place lay-ups against the giant of the Metropolitans (2.19m!) on several occasions. “I think I had an impact on the game,” admitted the one who preferred to turn his back on the NCAA out of high school to go to the G-League. As Nicolas Batum summarized in a tweet, “one thing is certain, the first two choices of the next Draft are known”. It remains to know the order. The next match between the two nuggets, this Thursday, will perhaps allow us to find out more.