French sensation Victor Wembanyama will not attend the NBA draft combine later this month because his season is still in progress back at home.
On Tuesday night the NBA released a list of 78 prospects who will attend the combine May 15-21 in Chicago, and Wembanyama’s name did not appear on it.
Wembanyama’s current team, Metropolitans 92, plays in the highest tier of French basketball. The 7-foot-2 forward/center is averaging 21.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per contest in 31 games for Metropolitans 92 this season.
That means Wembanyama still will be overseas when the draft lottery — which will decide which team wins the sweepstakes to select the generational talent — is held May 16 in Chicago.
The combine will welcome most of the other top-end draft prospects, including projected lottery picks Scoot Henderson (G League Ignite), brothers Amen and Ausar Thompson (Overtime Elite), Brandon Miller (Alabama), Jarace Walker (Houston) and Cam Whitmore (Villanova).
The league will also select an undetermined number of top players from the NBA G League Elite Camp, held May 13-14 in Chicago, and invite them to the main event.