A giant arrives in the French team!
This Friday morning, the selection committee of the Basketball Blues and coach Vincent Collet called on the Villeurbanne giant Victor Wembanyama to prepare the next qualifying matches for the 2023 World Cup which will take place in November.
Phenomenon of 2.19 m, only 17 years old, the former pivot of Nanterre is announced first of the NBA draft in 2023.
It is a prodigy on which the whole basketball planet has its eyes fixed.
The "little" genius will however not make his official debut with the Blues next month.
Vincent Collet only chooses him for the moment to be a “training partner”.
Vincent Collet calls 16 players and 3 training partners for the first qualifying matches at @FIBAWC 2023 👊
Les Bleus will face Montenegro and Hungary ⚔️
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- French Basketball Teams (@FRABasketball) October 22, 2021
At 17, it is advisable to preserve this nugget so as not to expose it too much.
He will have plenty of time to shine in Blue.
This means that Victor Wembanyama will participate in the camp but that he will not play the matches scheduled during this international window.
But this is a first approach before really integrating the Blues and being one of the stars of the selection for the Paris Olympics.
"We must all come back to earth and get back to work"
In the selection communicated by the current coach of Boulogne-Levallois there is only one Olympic runner-up: the leader Andrew Albicy. In the fall, everyone else will stay in their NBA club. The Blues will host Montenegro in Pau on November 26 and then move to Hungary on the 29th with, however, the Villeurbannais Élie Okobo, Paul Lacombe and William Howard and the Monegasque Léo Westermann that their clubs engaged in the Euroleague agree to release. "We had positive and constructive exchanges with the two French clubs involved in this competition
(Asvel and Monaco)
who wish to help the French team," said the general manager of the French team Boris Diaw in a statement. , hoping for a "schedule adjustment" for the clubs concerned.
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These fall matches will be the first for the Blues after the fantastic epic of the Olympics: “After an Olympic campaign that will go down in history, we must all come back to earth and get back to work, as part of this new cycle, says Vincent Collet. Before dreaming of Paris 2024, it is imperative that we maintain our level of performance in the various competitions that await us. With the help of my assistants and Boris Diaw, we wanted to assemble the best possible team during this first qualifying window for the 2023 World Cup. I would like to thank the clubs for their cooperation in order to build today our future successes and maintain our competitiveness and permanence at the highest level. »The 2023 World Cup will be co-organized by Indonesia,Japan and the Philippines and is scheduled to run from August 25 to September 10, 2023.
The 16 French players selected.
Andrew Albicy (leader, Gran Canaria / ESP), Alexandre Chassang (inside, Bourg-en-Bresse), Isaïa Cordinier (back, Bologna / ITA), William Howard (winger, Villeurbanne), Mouhammadou Jaiteh (pivot, Bologna / ITA) , Axel Julien (leader, Bourg-en-Bresse), Lahaou Konaté (winger, Boulogne-Levallois), Louis Labeyrie (inside, Valence / ESP), Paul Lacombe (back, Villeurbanne), Nicolas Lang (back, Limoges), Amath M'Baye (inside, Karsiyaka / TUR), David Michineau (leader, Boulogne-Levallois), Amine Noua (inside, Andorra), Élie Okobo (leader, Villeurbanne), Terry Tarpey (back, Le Mans), Léo Waestermann (leader , Monaco)
Hugo Benitez (leader, Bourg-en-Bresse), Ismaël Kamagate (pivot, Paris Basket), Victor Wembanyama (interior, Villeurbanne)