Victor Wembanyama, the No. 1 pick in the 2023 Draft, has revealed that he will not be participating in the FIBA World Cup this year in order to protect his developing body. Instead, he has chosen to spend that time preparing for his rookie season with the San Antonio Spurs. This decision was not taken lightly and was made after consulting with his medical team and close friends. Wembanyama emphasized that he was not pressured by the Spurs in any way and that they support whatever choice he makes. He added that this summer would be crucial in developing his body for future events and that the Spurs staff are ready to make it profitable. While France will miss Wembanyama’s presence in the World Cup, this decision will ensure that he is better prepared for future tournaments, including next year’s Paris Olympics.
The San Antonio Spurs have added 19-year-old basketball prodigy Victor Wembanyama to their team. At 7-foot-4, he is taller than most No. 1 picks and impressed in his final season in the French league, leading all players in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots. Despite the hype surrounding him, Wembanyama has expressed caution about managing his body and avoiding overexertion, especially as he transitions to the NBA and potentially plays in the Olympics. He plans to fully focus on the Spurs for the summer and hopes to develop his skills while staying true to his style of play. Wembanyama may participate in the NBA Summer League with the Spurs, but will not play for the French team in the World Cup this year.