Batum was born in 1988 in Lisieux, France to Richard and Sylvia Batum. He began his pro career at 17 with Le Mans Sarthe in the French League and played there for two seasons. At the 2006 FIBA Europe U-18 Championship, Batum won gold with France in addition to being named MVP and part of the All-Tournament team. He has also competed for his country at several other events, including a gold at the 2013 FIBA EuroBasket and bronze at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Batum represented France at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London in addition to participating for the World Team at the 2007 Nike Hoop Summit. He established the Batum Foundation in 2011 with his mother and sister to help pregnant African women and their children. You can follow Batum on Twitter (@nicolas88batum) and Instagram (@nicbatum88).