Victor Wembanyama, the San Antonio Spurs No. 1 pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, has officially declared his intention to join the French national basketball team for the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris. The young talent is setting his sights on nothing less than the gold medal.
“Succeeding in the Olympics would be a great story. And there will be no goal other than gold. Of course, I will be present at the Olympics,” Wembanyama confidently stated in an interview with L’Equipe.
Wembanyama’s decision to represent France at the Olympics comes after his absence from the recently concluded FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, a move carefully considered in consultation with his advisors, the medical team, and senior members of the French national team’s leadership.
“It would not be realistic in terms of development and not careful in terms of health,” Wembanyama explained in a previous interview with L’Equipe. “I hope people will understand. It’s frustrating for me too. The France team is still my focus. I want to win as many titles as possible with it. But I think it’s a necessary sacrifice.”
The 7-foot-2 center made his debut for the French national team last November during the FIBA World Cup European Qualifiers.
In just four games, he showcased his immense talent, averaging 19.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, and an impressive 22.5 efficiency rating per contest.
The prospect of France’s representation at the Paris Olympics has generated a wave of excitement and eager anticipation among the French and Wemby’s fans.
Bolstered by extraordinary skills and unwavering determination, there is a collective hope that they can secure Olympic gold on their home turf.
While the French national team faced disappointment in the FIBA World Cup 2023, Wembanyama remains undaunted and determined to make a significant impact in Paris next year.
His commitment to the team, along with his extraordinary talent, positions him as a player to watch in the upcoming Olympic tournament.