The Wembanyama phenomenon in front of the sold-out Palais des Sports building in Marseille

one Palais des Sports de Marseille in full. We had some doubts. When Fos Provence Basket put 200 tickets on sale for last Friday’s match against Boulon-Levallois, they sold out in five minutes. The reason for this frenzy? Viktor Vembanyama, the great hope of world basketball. The 19-year-old French prodigy is filling basketball halls across the country before heading to the NBA next season.

impatient fans

Among those who did not miss this rescheduled match in Marseille for anything in the world is Octava: “I will see him for the first time (…) with a height of 2.22 meters, phenomenal abilities, dribbling like a leader, is rare“. Patrick, who has been a supporter of Byers de Fos Provence Basket for 12 years, is a little worried: “We know he’s going to hurt us, it’s not going to be easy to win, but it’s important to see guys like that.“. He even recognizes: “Even we got the impression that Fos players were impressed“.

Why such a frenzy around “Wemby”?

At just 19 years of age, Victor Vembanyama has great potential. The young man will join the NBA and the American championship next summer. Franchises (basketball clubs) will compete during the Draft, the transfer window of American basketball. NBA even from this season I
The right to broadcast games of his Boulogne-Levallois club in the United States.

Victor Wembanyama was even dubbed by Lebron James. one of the greatest players of all time. “King James” is talking about him during the Metropolitans’ US tour in the fall of 2022. an alienUFO in basketball.

What is fascinating is his exceptional physique combined with perfect technique.

Former 3rd division basketball player, three-star Marseille chef Alexandre Mazzia even compares the Wembanyama phenomenon to the greatest basketball players in the United States, such as: Shaquille O’Neal, Wilt Chamberlain, Karl Malone or Michael Jordan : “You take them, you spin them, you make juice out of them and you have Victor Vembayama (…) Dribbling, speed, game vision, very good rebounder, very good blocker… This is a generational talent. If all the basketball halls in France are full today, it’s because the spectators know very well that you have to come and see it, because they will never see it again.

Victor Wembanyama’s much-publicized visit to Provence is also an opportunity to shine a spotlight on Byers and get people talking about professional basketball.

  • Invited this Wednesday, January 18 at 7:15 About France Bleu Provence: Christophe Sanchez, Marketing and Communications Director of Byers de Fos Provence Basket.

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