And-Ones: Wembanyama, High School Prospects, EuroBasket, More

Victor Wembanyama is projected to be the highest choose within the 2023 draft, however he is extra involved about touchdown with the appropriate workforce than being taken No. 1 total, writes Antonis Stroggylakis of Eurohoops. Wembanyama, who performs for Metropolitans 92 in France, mentioned his prospects throughout Media Day for his workforce’s new season, which begins this weekend.

“Sports-wise, probably the most fascinating factor is at all times to seek out a company that can care for the undertaking and the participant,” Wembanyama stated, as reported by the French outlet BasketSession. “So it is higher to be second, third, or twentieth within the Draft when you’ve got a greater profession afterwards. But I do not know if it is pleasure, I’ve an element in me that claims that there have to be nobody (drafted) in entrance of me.”

The 18-year-old heart stands 7’4″, however he solely weighs slightly over 200 kilos, so sturdiness is among the few questions surrounding him as he prepares for his NBA profession. Scouts are virtually unanimous in raving about his expertise, and he has been a star in worldwide competitions for the previous three years.

“What issues to me this season is above all to consolidate a spot as potential No. 1 choose within the draft,” Wembanyama added. “That’s my aim, quite than attempting to placed on 15 kilos and take dangers. I need to strengthen myself, however above all to maneuver in direction of a good state of affairs for the NBA.”

  • With the chance looming that prime faculty gamers can be allowed to go straight to the NBA in a brand new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Jacob Polacheck of ZagsBlog talks to a number of the prime prospects within the Class of 2024 about how that may have an effect on their choices. “I believe it is an incredible alternative for gamers who’ve the power to exit of highschool and comply with their dream of enjoying within the NBA,” stated Ian Jackson of Cardinal Hayes in New York, who is taken into account one of many prime prospects within the class. “I believe it is nice and the very best half is that it offers highschool athletes extra decisions.” It’s potential that the one-and-done rule may stay in place past 2024 even when the NBA and NBPA purpose to finally do away with it, as Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday.
  • Willy Hernangomez and Juancho Hernangomez stood out whereas main Spain to the EuroBasket championship, Michael Scotto stated in a HoopsHype podcast. Scotto additionally believes Finland’s Lauri Markkanen confirmed that he is prepared for a breakout season with the Jazz and that Italy’s Simone Fontecchio might be productive in Utah as effectively.
  • Raptors consultant Larry Tanenbaum was unanimously re-elected as chairman of the NBA Board of Governors, the league introduced this morning (Twitter hyperlink).

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