Erin WalshJune 20, 2023
AP Photo/Bob Edme
Victor Wembanyama is the hottest name in sports right now with the 2023 NBA draft just two days away.
The Frenchman arrived in the United States on Monday for Thursday’s draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and he’s already making the rounds in New York City for the full American experience.
Wembanyama threw out the first pitch ahead of Tuesday’s New York Yankees versus Seattle Mariners game, and it’s pretty safe to say he probably wouldn’t have made the best baseball player.
Bleacher Report @BleacherReportWemby throws the first pitch 😅
Bleacher Report @BleacherReportWemby getting some batting practice in ahead of the Yankees game ⚾️
Bleacher Report @BleacherReportWemby holding a baseball 🤯
(via @joonlee, @vicw_32) pic.twitter.com/L65yVxQFNK
The 19-year-old also took his first ride on the New York City subway on his way to Yankee Stadium, and at 7’2″, he just barely fit into the train car.
Bleacher Report @BleacherReportWemby rides the NYC subway for the first time 🚆
The San Antonio Spurs own the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 draft and they are widely expected to pick Wembanyama with that selection following his standout season with France’s Metropolitans 92.
Scoot Henderson of the G League Ignite and Alabama’s Brandon Miller are also expected to be top picks in this year’s draft.