The San Antonio Spurs today selected Victor Wembanyama with the first overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.
The first French player selected No. 1 overall in NBA Draft history, Wembanyama (Wem-ban-YAH-muh) joins David Robinson and Tim Duncan as the only top overall picks in Spurs franchise history.
Wembanyama, 7-3/225, most recently played with French-club Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 in the LNB Pro A French League during the 2022-23 season, where he helped lead the team to the LNB Pro A Finals and a 23-11 regular season record. In 34 regular season games with Mets 92, he averaged 21.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 3.0 blocks in 32.3 minutes. In 10 postseason games, Wembanyama averaged 17.3 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 2.7 assists.
The Le Chesnay, France native wrapped up the season being named league MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Best Young Player, Scoring Champion, Blocked Shots Champion and was named to the All-LNB First Team. Throughout his career, he’s earned Best Young Player three times (2021, 2022, 2023), is a two-time LNB All-Star (2022, 2023), named to the All-LNB First Team twice and won the 2022 LNB Pro A Championship with ASVEL Basket.
Wembanyama played his first games in the United States in October 2022 during a pair of exhibition games against the G League Ignite in Las Vegas. In his U.S. debut, he recorded 37 points, 4 rebounds and 5 blocks. In the second game, he had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks in a Metropolitans 92 win.
The 19-year-old started his professional basketball career at the age of 15 with Nanterre 92 in the Euro Cup League from 2019-21. Prior to joining the Mets 92 for the 2022-23 season, Wembanyama played for the French club ASVEL Basket from 2021-22.
Wembanyama will wear No. 1 for the Spurs.
Cissoko (SEEDY sis-oh-koe), 6-7/230, played one season with the G League Ignite where he averaged 12.8 points, 3.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 28 regular season games. He recorded eight games where he scored at least 20 points. Cissoko was chosen to the play in the Rising Stars Challenge at the 2023 NBA All-Star weekend. He was also one of 24 players named to the G League inaugural Next Up Game.
A native of Paris, France, Cissoko made his professional debut in 2021 with Baskona in the Spanish ACB League. He was loaned out to Baskonia's satellite club, Iraurgi SB, in the second-tier LEB Oro where he averaged 10.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 32 games.
Cissoko was named to the World Select Team in the 2022 Nike Hoop Summit. In the same year, he represented France at the FIBA U-18 European Championship where he averaged 7.8 points and 3.2 rebounds.