Victor Wembanyama (Boulogne-Levallois): “A bus turned towards me”

“You were in the pre-selection for the European Championship (finally you resigned due to injury). you followed
the Blues ?
Diligently, like everyone else. It was hard to watch at times because this team put us in all our states… It was very emotional, with several miracles, and a little frustrating, because sometimes you tell yourself that you could have made your contribution to the building. But it is a team I trust. I am convinced that in the future there will be great adventures and great medals with her.

What was the importance of the presence of Vincent Collet in your choice to leave Asvel for Boulogne-Levallois?
It was obviously very important. I had the opportunity to rub shoulders with him on several occasions, especially on pole in France. Everyone knows that he is the best French coach, I have 100% confidence in him at a basketball and tactical level. He is also someone ambitious, and who respects my project. In other words, he is the perfect person for my senior year before the draft.

“I want to enjoy my last year in France. I know that for the next 15 to 20 years I will no longer live here”

How do you see this goal?
What will matter this season, more than gaining 15 kg (of muscles), It is to strengthen myself at all levels, to progress technically and to take me to a serene and favorable situation for the NBA. I look forward to the draft. First or not, I have no doubts about the professionalism of franchises to take care of my future. But there is also an element of pride. I tell myself that there should be no one in front of me. I have in mind my goals and what I hope to achieve in the future. I can’t wait, but at the same time I want to enjoy my last year in France. I know that for the next 15 to 20 years, I will no longer be living here.

He scored 34 points twice in preseason. What do you expect from this season?
After a trip to the United States for my rehabilitation and individual training, I feel that I came back better. This resulted in these two performances. Although they were friendly, I felt comfortable in this team and this group. I almost never played in my age category. In less than 15 years, I evolved with those under 18. In less than 16 years with the Espoirs. Rarely have I had the opportunity for a group to turn on me. It’s one of the things I came looking for here. Everything is ready, in a short period of ten months, for my development. It is already my third professional year. it’s time “

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