Everything we know about Victor Wembanyama’s parents, height and ethnicity ahead of 2023 NBA Draft. The Frenchman is widely predicted to be the No.1 overall pick and is one of the most coveted prospects in NBA history.
Generational players don’t come around often. However, every so often a player will be so above the rest of their peers that they’re a consensus no.1 overall pick way ahead of the draft.
In recent years, Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis and Kyrie Irving have been just that. However, in the 2022-23 draft there will be a superstar prospect with the kind of hype not seen since LeBron James.
That player is 18-year-old French basketball star Victor Wembanyama – a player every team in the NBA will scrambling for come draft night next year.
Who is Victor Wembanyama? His career so far
Victor Wembanyama is a French basketball player who was born on 4 January 2004 in Le Chesnay, France. As a youngster he dabbled in being a goalkeeper in soccer and also enjoyed judo.
However, due to his size (he is listed at 7ft 3in, 230 pounds, with a 7’9 wingspan), basketball was a natural fit. He joined the youth development system of LBA Pro A basketball club, Nanterre 92, when he was 10 years old and made his professional debut for them, after various loan spells, in 2019.
Wembanyama was named Pro A Best Young Player of the 2020–21 season. After that season he signed a three-year contract with ASVEL of the Pro A and the EuroLeague.
Victor Wembanyama finished the 2021-22 season being named LNB Pro A Best Young Player for a second consecutive season. On 30 June 2022, Wembanyama signed a two-year contract with Metropolitans 92 of the Pro A.
What we know Victor Wembanyama’s parents, height and ethnicity
Victor Wembanyama’s ethnicity is mixed, as he was born in France but is of DR Congolese descent through his father.
Victor Wembanyama’s parents are mother, Elodie de Fautereau, and father, Felix Wembanyama, who are former athletes themselves.
Before basketball, Victor’s parents, particularly his dad, encouraged him to focus on track.
“You know, there’s a correct way of running. And he taught me things like that,” Victor said of his father. “And I was actually part of a track and field team, like for a year around 10 or 11.”
Wembanyama’s mother is now a youth basketball coach, but she apparently did not interfere with Victor’s development growing up.
“She teaches basketball to really young players, like, from 4 to 10 or something like that. But for performance, I never trained with her,” Wembanyama said.
“It’s not that she doesn’t want to get involved in my performance, but she knows her role. And she knows as a parent that sometimes it’s better to fade off or not to get too much involved in your children’s path.”
His siblings are also keen on sports
Sport clearly runs in the family as Victor Wembanyama’s older sister Eve plays basketball professionally. She won a gold medal with France at the 2017 FIBA U16 Women’s European Championship in France.
At the start of 2022 Victor shared a photo with his sister on Instagram. Eve is on IG @eve_wemba.
Victor’s younger brother Oscar, who is believed to be 12-years-old, is into handball.