Victor Wembanyama has 24 points in first game back in France

A week after wowing NBA players and fans alike in Las Vegas, Victor Wembanyama, a potential No. 1 in the 2023 NBA draft, was back in France. The stunning performances continued in his home country on Saturday.

Metropolitan 92 from Paris met Le Mans in LNB Pro A, the highest level of professional basketball in France. In the 94-89 overtime win, Wembanyama, who is 7-foot-4 with an 8-foot span, had 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks and handed Le Mans his first loss of the season.

Last week, Wembanyama and his team faced Scoot Henderson, another likely top draft pick, and the G League Ignite in two games. Watching the first game was NBA stars Chris Paul and Devin Booker alongside WNBA champions A’ja Wilson and Las Vegas Aces’ Chelsea Gray.

A day later, Wembanyama received praise from LeBron James.

“Everybody labeled that unicorn thing,” James said. “Everybody’s been a unicorn for the past two years, but he’s more like an alien. I’ve never seen anyone as tall as him but as fluid and graceful as he is off the ground.”

Wembanyama and Metro 92’s next game is on October 21 against Blois.

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Emma Bowman

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