Victor Wembanyama 2 23 mars 2022

Victor Wembanyama in March Madness mode with ASVEL

No time to daydream for the nugget of French basketball, the pace is intensifying with a match every three days on average in the month of March. Finally rid of his minor health problems, Victor Wembanyama is also increasingly used by TJ Parker. In particular, we were treated to two big mixtapes that did not go unnoticed by NBA scouts. Go on, flashback to the last 31 days of the gifted man in Lyon.

The madness of March is exported to Villeurbanne

In the month of March, recruiters usually have their eyes on March Madness. The best prospects in the country compete in a college knockout tournament with indescribable atmospheres. However, that did not prevent the favorite for the first pick of the 2023 Draft to get the Americans to take a little interest in European basketball with promising performances. While Chet Holmgren was being prematurely eliminated with Gonzaga, his alter ego in French and younger impressed the crowds against seasoned adults in the second best professional league in the world. On social networks, fans had a great time reminding them that the two players do not play in the same court, not hesitating to bring out the last final of the U19 World Cup to illustrate Victor Wembanyama’s domination over the US unicorn.

Back from injury for a little over a month and a half, Wemby finally seems to be giving his full measure in the colors of villeurbannaises. This materializes with a steadily increasing playing time and a place in the now systematic major five in the EuroLeague. Minutes well exploited since it wiped out any competition in the number of counters distributed over a game time reported at 40 minutes with 4.5 blocks. The second in this ranking is none other than Walter Tavares with 2.9 rejections over the same playing time in C1. In the French league, it’s the same thing. Victor even ranks fourth in the number of blocks per game with 1.4 pancakes in 17 minutes on average. Hello the atmosphere for the opposing attackers who venture into the racket or who find themselves defended by the 2.19m tower right into the perimeter. It can even go very high when Wembanyama starts to jump a little. At the beginning of March, it was the leaders of the championship who paid the price in a suffocating end to the match at the Palais des Sports Marcel-Cerdan with a double counter of incredible violence to secure their basket.

The beginning of an extremely full month on an individual level for the interior of Chesnay which has continued to show itself. In the EuroLeague too, this rise in power is palpable. Against Baskonia, it was still in defense that he distinguished himself the most against Simone Fontecchio in particular.

Dijon mustard sauce mixtape, masterclass in Lithuania

First truly full month in the uniform of Tony Parker’s club, March will quickly prove to be the month of hatching for Victor Wembanyama. A very good pass which will therefore continue in Dijon, during a trip against another big piece of the French championship. Even being clumsy from a distance, he compensates by appropriating painting, offering himself several personal bests in the process.

But the real masterclass will still occur a few days later, on the most prestigious continental stage. In a misplaced duel with Zalgiris, the 18-year-old pivot will teach experienced boys like Tyler Cavanaugh and Joffrey Lauvergne a lesson. Results ? 14 points (6/7 shooting and 2/3 on the line), 5 rebounds, 5 blocks, 2 assists and 2 steals for 23 ratings in 28 minutes of play and 6 personal bests broken the same night. A few hours before the elimination of the Zags in the March Madness Sweet 16, Wembanyama made an impression by also becoming the youngest player in history to score 5 blocks in the EuroLeague according to BasketNews.com. The draft specialist at ESPN, Mike Schmitz, is no longer even afraid to announce it: he has never followed such a talented youngster in his entire career. Ultimate stamp on a special player who hasn’t finished surprising us.

Victor Wembanyama’s March in numbers

  • March 6 @ Boulogne-Levallois (championship): 6 points at 3/9 shooting including 0/3 from the parking lot, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 blocks, 1 interception and 2 fouls caused in 20 minutes
  • March 10 vs Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz (EuroLeague): 9 points at 4/10 shooting including 1/3 from the parking lot, 7 rebounds including 1 offensive, 1 pass, 2 blocks, 1 turnover, 4 personal fouls and 2 fouls caused in 27 minutes
  • March 12 @ Dijon (championship): 14 points at 6/13 shooting including 1/7 from the parking lot, 8 rebounds including 3 offensive, 1 assist, 5 blocks, 1 turnover, 4 personal fouls and 2 fouls caused in 28 minutes
  • March 17 @ Real Madrid (EuroLeague): 3 points at 1/9 shooting including 1/4 from the parking lot, 4 rebounds including 1 offensive, 2 blocks, 1 interception, 1 personal foul and 1 foul caused in 20 minutes
  • March 20 vs Fos-sur-Mer (league): rest
  • March 23 @ Zalgiris Kaunas (EuroLeague): 14 points at 6/7 in shooting and 2/3 in throws, 5 rebounds including 2 offensive, 2 assists, 5 blocks, 2 interceptions, 3 turnovers, 3 personal fouls and 3 fouls caused in 28 minutes
  • March 25 vs Olympiakos (EuroLeague): rest
  • March 26 vs Gravelines-Dunkerque (Coupe de France): 10 points at 4/8 shooting including 2/4 from afar, 9 rebounds including 2 offensive, 3 assists, 1 block, 1 interception, 1 turnover, 2 personal fouls and 2 fouls caused in 24 minutes
  • March 31 @ Maccabi Tel Aviv (EuroLeague): 5 points at 2/6 in shooting including 0/2 from a distance and 1/2 in throws, 3 rebounds including 2 offensive, 3 blocks, 3 turnovers, 4 personal fouls and 1 foul caused in 15 minutes.

Despite a more mixed end to the month with elimination in the Coupe de France and the resumption of heavy defeats in the EuroLeague, Victor Wembanyama still scored valuable points in March. His outing against Kaunas will be a landmark and he will not stop there. ASVEL has one match left in the EuroLeague before focusing exclusively on the championship to try to win a hat-trick after the successes of 2019 and 2021 (the 2019-20 season had been suspended due to the pandemic). Victor is hungry for titles and this is one of the reasons for his coming to Lyon. We are already meeting in a month for the rest of his adventures.

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