French NBA prospect Victor Wembanyama is the most highly-touted young star to hit basketball in a long time.
Next season Wembanyama will enter the NBA Draft, but scouts are already hyping him as a LeBron James-level generational talent.
At this point, anything less than all-time greatness will be a disappointment.
One big reason why Wembanyama is such a unicorn is because of the way he combines refined skills with one-of-a-kind size. He absolutely towers over his competition any time he takes the court.
As it turns out, it was always like that.
This week, photos emerged of Wembanyama at age 11. The imagery largely speaks for itself:
“Number 12 in the back I feel your pain! You were the tall kid lol not anymore! Look at that stare,” one fan joked.
“I mean he’s only several feet taller than the others nothing major,” another added.
“This is ridiculous,” a third fan added.
There has been a lot of debate about what Wembanyama’s height truly is. He attempted to come out and end the rumors once and for all, but it didn’t work. The chatter will continue until NBA teams get the opportunity to measure him.
ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski recently dropped a “Woj Bomb” on how Wembanyama’s future will likely go from here. It was eye-opening on every level.
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan’s thoughts on drafting Wembanyama have also been highly scrutinized in recent months.
Russ sent Lakers fans a clear message with his hat. https://t.co/qt7lLxwOBx
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 6, 2023
It will be fascinating to see how Wembanyama ultimately transitions to the NBA game. Injury concerns will obviously linger until he finds a way to silence the doubters.
If Wembanyama is able to stay healthy, though – he could eventually go down as the greatest player to ever play the game.