After a year at Boulogne-Levallois, Vincent Collet and Victor Wembanyama are expected to join the France team. JB Autissier / PANORAMIC
The 2.21 giant is not yet completely certain of participating in the 2023 World Cup in Blue.
A page turns for Victor Wembanyama. The 19-year-old prodigy played his last match in France on Thursday. At least, his last match as a player for a French club, in this case Boulogne-Levallois, beaten in the championship final by AS Monaco (85-92) at Roland Garros. “It’s only a good bye», smiled the person concerned at a press conference, he who will return with the France team. It remains to be seen when. “Wemby” has stated his desire to play in the World Cup which will take place in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines from August 25 to September 10, 2023. “It will indeed require real collaboration with all parties. But for now, he is very motivated to participate. There are good news», declared Vincent Collet, optimistic, last April.
If it requires atrue collaboration” of “all parties“, it is obviously that the giant of 2.21 is about to join the NBA, and barring disaster, the San Antonio Spurs. Been loaded in perspective. As a result, neither Collet, Mets coach and coach of the France team, nor Wembanyama, wanted to be ertive on Thursday. “I have to talk about it with Vincentsaid the main interested party, who will quickly cross the Atlantic for the NBA Draft, June 22. My desire has always been to represent France. For the rest, there is the training camp in September… Talk about it with my franchise? Yes, of course, you have to talk about it with them too.»
Victor is not going to be an average player for the France team. He will very quickly become one of our leaders, even the leader.
Failing to be sure to be able to count on “Wemby”, coach Collet has in any case a shovelful of arguments to try to convince him to come. “No, but I really want itsaid the Norman technician, who will unveil his list on June 28. I think it would be desirable for him. He’s young. Even if we want to play it hard, this World Cup is a launching pad for the Olympic Games. The sooner it is integrated, the better. Between what you have already seen and what we will continue to see, you can imagine that Victor is not going to be an average player for the France team. He will very quickly become one of our leaders, even the leader. I also think that the experience of a World Cup is what would best prepare him for his entry into the NBA. It’s important for him too.“And to continue, again evoking “amenities” predictable : “He needs to rest, he has given a lot and he will still be in demand until then. You will have to be smart. But I hope we can collaborate with his franchise. I don’t want to quote her because normally she is not yet known but we know her a little. I also received congratulations from the GM (laughs)“, had fun Collet, evoking the Spurs.
Vincent Collet also believes that it is “important“for Victor Wembanyama to be at the World Cup in order to rub shoulders with the players”that he will meet next season in the NBA, players he has not met in Betclic Elite with a few exceptions, like (Donatas) Montejunas or John Brown, perhaps. At that age, experience cannot be replaced, and that’s normal“. Remember that the MVP of the French championship has already worn the jersey of the French team four times, during the windows during the season. To see when he celebrates his fifth cape. Third in the previous edition in China, in 2019, the Blues will challenge Latvia, Lebanon and Canada in the first round of the World. A (very) strong group.
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