We know the actors of the next All Star Game!
And the poster looks sumptuous!
The great mass of French basketball, which will be held on December 29 at the Accor Arena in Paris, will rarely have worn its title so well.
It will be a real constellation of stars.
On Wednesday, a jury of experts met to consider the casting for the evening.
Without surprise Victor Wembanyama, the prodigy of the Metropolitans of Boulogne-Levallois and probable future number 1 of the NBA draft, will be present in the “French” selection.
He will find his partner Hugo Besson and his coach Vincent Collet, also elected.
Wemby will also be the big attraction of the evening.
If his presence was hardly in doubt - he is currently the best scorer (23.2 average points per game), rebounder (9.6 catches) and blocker (3) in the Betclic Elite championship - he got his sesame even before the deliberation of the jury thanks to the public vote.
It garnered over 12,000 votes, which is a record.
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Rare fact for an interior player - but with the former resident of Nanterre the extraordinary becomes banal - he will participate in the three-point shooting competition alongside exercise specialists Nando De Colo (Asvel) - more seen at the All Star since 2008 -, Keith Hornsby (Nanterre) and Nicolas Lang (Limoges).
There is no doubt that the native of Chesnay will be keen to perform well – and snatch some records in the event – before flying off to the NBA.
Note that there are already no more tickets for sale for the evening on the Accor Arena site and that this 20th edition will be sold out for the 19th year in a row.
On the other hand, it is the first time that there are no more places available so early, a month before the evening.
"It is undoubtedly a Wemby effect", we assure the Basketball League.
Since the start of the season, everywhere Wembanyama (2.21 m, 18 years old) plays with the Mets, tickets fly away in a few hours.
If the Mets will be in the spotlight with 4 selected - Tremont Waters in the "World" team in addition to the three French - the Paris Basketball club will also be well represented thanks to Frenchies Juhann Bégarin and Ismaël Kamagate.
Monaco star Mike James (public vote) is currently uncertain due to a Euroleague match on the day.
The selection for the dunk contest, one of the most anticipated moments of the evening, will be revealed later.
The French selection
Nando De Colo (Lyon-Villeurbanne), Elie Okobo (Monaco), Nicolas Lang (Limoges), Victor Wembanyama (public vote – Boulogne-Levallois) and Ismael Kamagate (Paris).
Juhann Begarin (Paris), Hugo Besson (Boulogne-Levallois), Boris Dallo (Cholet), Youssoupha Fall (Lyon-Villeurbanne), Stéphane Gombauld (Nancy), Williams Narace (Le Mans) and Giovan Oniangue (Pau-Lacq- Orthez).
: Vincent Collet (Boulogne-Levallois).
The world selection
David Holston (Dijon), Mike James (public vote – Monaco), Dominic Artis (Cholet), Markis McDuffie (Dijon) and Tres Tinkle (Le Mans).
Ronald March (Roanne), Matt Morgan (Le Mans), Mbaye Ndiaye (Blois), Dominik Olejniczak (Gravelines-Dunkerque), James Palmer Jr (Bourg-en-Bresse), Desi Rodriguez (Limoges) and Tremont Waters (Boulogne) -Levallois).
Laurent Vila (Cholet).
Milan Barbitch (Fos-sur-Mer), Justin Bibbins (Nanterre), TJ Campbell (Cholet) and Nadir Hifi (Le Portel).
3 point shooting contest
Nando De Colo (Lyon-Villeurbanne), Keith Hornsby (Nanterre), Nicolas Lang (Limoges) and Victor Wembanyama (Boulogne-Levallois).