The next summer The Olympic Games will be held in Paris and the French basketball team wants to make history at home and break the American team’s streak of seven gold medals in this discipline.
To achieve this, the French team will have to bring together its top stars, including the young sensation Victor Wembanyama. Who has already confirmed his presence at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“Of course I will be present at the Olympic Games. “Succeeding there would be a great story, and there will be no other goal than gold,” Wemby answered during the documentary Un1que.
The barely 19-year-old player has officially played only one match for the French national team. In what was his debut last November 2022. On that occasion it was a qualifying match for the 2023 World Cup against Lithuania.
The French quintet beat their rival with a score of 65-90. With Wembanyama as the most outstanding player scoring 20 points (6 of 13 on field goals, 1 of 2 on triples and 7 of 7 on free throws), 9 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.
Furthermore, Wemby already knows what it’s like to win with the French jersey. Well In 2019 he was part of the French U-16 team that played in the EuroBasket category in Italy.. His team was able to win the silver medal in that event. While in 2021 he won the silver medal again at the U-19 World Cup after losing the final to the United States.
In the recent Basketball World Cup Wembanyama did not participate with the French team to avoid the risk of injury, taking into account that he will have his NBA debut very soon. The French team performed very poorly and was eliminated in the group stage. Given this participation, the young center spoke about it.
“I watched the World Cup and the result was disappointing. However, I’m not worried. I don’t have any definitive judgement, I wasn’t in the team and it is in the hands of top level players. This does not alter the opportunity to do something big in Paris next year,” he confessed.
Wembanyama’s expectations with the Spurs in his first year in the NBA
Victor Wembanyama was the number one pick in this draft and in the NBA there are high expectations about his debut. He is emerging as one of the best rookies of the last 20 years. Given this weight that he will carry since the beginning of the campaign, the Frenchman made it clear that he has clear goals with the Spurs.
“The ideal start would be to reach the playoffs, although the most beautiful thing is not knowing what can happen. I hope it surprises me and that it is beautiful,” Wemby commented.
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