“Rising to NBA greatness: The unwavering support that propelled Victor Wembanyama to the top”

The newcomer on the basketball scene spent his childhood in France, where he was brought up by his mom and dad, Félix Wembanyama and Elodie de Fautereau, along with his siblings Eve and Oscar. Their shared passion for sports and their admiration for each other brought the three siblings closer. The Wembanyama children all developed an interest in basketball, thanks to the guidance and support of their parents, Félix and Elodie.

Victor Wembanyama poses for a photograph with family during the 2023 NBA Draft on June 22, 2023 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

When Victor was chosen as the first overall pick by the San Antonio Spurs during the 2023 NBA Draft, his family, including his parents and brothers, were there to witness the momentous occasion. Before the draft, Victor shared with PEOPLE that he expected his dad would be the most emotional upon hearing his name being called. Despite his belief that his father would try to hide his feelings, Victor knew that deep down, his dad would be overjoyed. Fast forward to October 25, 2023, Victor made his debut in the NBA after being selected as a draft pick.

Elodie and Felix Wembanyama watch the French National Basketball League (LNB) game between the Metropolitans 92 and the AS Monaco on Decmeber 11, 2022.

Discover the fascinating story of Victor Wembanyama’s family and their love for basketball and life in France. Meet his parents, Félix and Elodie, who were both athletes themselves. Félix was a renowned high jumper in the track and field team. He passed on his passion for sports to his children and taught them the importance of speed and agility in various areas of life. Along with Victor, he has two other children, Eve and Oscar, who also share his love for basketball.

Victor Wembanyama and his dad, Felix Wembanyama.

Victor was taught the proper way to run by his father and even joined a track and field team when he was around 10 or 11 years old. His mother, Elodie, taught her kids how to play basketball and had a professional career in the sport. Victor feels a strong connection with his mother since they have similar looks and personalities. His brother Oscar also enjoys basketball and played in a club last year. Victor’s siblings are tall like him, with Eve measuring 6 feet and 1 inch, and Oscar standing at 6 feet and 5 inches. Sports have always been a significant part of their family, with basketball running in their blood. The Wembanyama kids grew up in Le Chesnay, a small village in France, where their parents have deep roots. Despite moving to the United States to play in the NBA, Victor mentioned on Good Morning America that he would miss French cuisine the most and plans to bring some European and French food over to the US.

Eve Wembanyama and Oscar Wembanyama at the Barcode and Comsport Draft Party on June 22, 2023 in New York City

Victor recently disclosed his future plan of competing for the French Olympic team in 2024. As per the report by Associated Press, Wembanyama expressed his excitement about the prospect of performing well at the Olympics and winning the gold medal. It would undoubtedly make for a great story, and I cannot wait to witness it live.

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