Aurélien CANOT, Media365, published on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 5:53 p.m.
Now officially qualified with the France team for the World Cup, Victor Wembanyama made his debut in the blue jersey for this international window. The phenomenon really liked what he experienced, and it even gave him ideas for the future.
As in each of his outings with Boulogne-Levallois, his club since leaving ASVEL, Victor Wembanyama was the attraction of the last two meetings of this French team which officially made up its ticket for the World Cup, Monday in Pau, after its crushing victory against Bosnia-Herzegovina. If all eyes of French basketball are indeed on him, the Mets giant had never had the honor of wearing the blue jersey. It’s been done since last Friday in Lithuania. Monday in Béarn, “Wemby” was treated to another first, in France this time. “I was really expecting this premiere at home, admitted afterwards at the microphone of bein Sports the young 18-year-old tricolor extra-terrestrial. I don’t think I had ever played a match for the France team in France before (Monday). And I am far from disappointed. With a magnificent group and such an audience, it’s magnificent as a first, it’s perfect.” Author of 20 points in the first game, 19 in the second, of which he finished top scorer, the one for whom the NBA wakes up all les nuits approached this baptism of fire, as he likes and knows how to do: in complete relaxation and totally uninhibited. His only regret? Not having scored… 40 points, as he had promised himself. At Wembanyama in sum.
Wembanyama: “There are so many great things to do”
“Did I put pressure on myself? No, no, no. I had high expectations for this match. I woke up this morning (Monday) thinking that today I would put some forty (sic). I’m very happy for the victory, but on that I’m disappointed.” Disappointed, but only on this point, and above all very ambitious for the future. The beginnings of the “French Freak” (in reference to the “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo) indeed gave him ideas for the future. As well as dreams of going to touch the stars with this team of which he knew nothing a few days ago. “What did it bring me? A lot of hope. I didn’t know the France A team at all. I saw the professionalism, both on and off the pitch, and I tell myself that it there are so many great things to do, and that French basketball is far from having achieved its best titles and its best goals.” With in particular in sight a first coronation of world champion for these French who have never done better than third. The immense number 32 of the Blues and new darling of the Blues supporters crosses its fingers so that it does not last more than one edition yet. And let it be the origin. “I hope it will be for this summer at the World Cup. With me? I hope too” With “Wemby”, a new story is probably about to be written.