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2023 NBA Draft: Victor Wembanyama, Scoot Henderson impress in battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2 prospects

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Dozens of NBA stars, executives and reportedly about 200 scouts gathered on Tuesday to watch the 7ft 4m super prospect Victor Vembanyama face off against Skoot Henderson – both of whom are the top two prospects in the 2023 NBA right now. Draft Class – Reality has somehow surpassed even the most publicized expectations.

Henderson’s G League Ignite won 122-115 over Wembanyama’s Metropolitans 92 in an exhibition game in Henderson, Nevada, but the final score didn’t matter much. All eyes were truly on what the two main attractions would be doing, and let me tell you, all eyes should have been totally impressed with what they were being treated to inside the Dollar Loan Center Arena.

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The fun of highlights began early in the game with Wembanyama, who reportedly has an 8-foot wingspan and hit two blocks within the first few minutes of play. The former was the main element of what makes it such a deadly hub: it just drops down to help and can cover so much of the space around the paint.

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His second hit, the hit after falling off the screen, was much the same, as he again emphasized how much space he could cover and how much his length affected shooters.

As he had done all night, Henderson matched Wembanyama’s energy in an incredible punch-and-go battle that turned into a gunfight. Henderson also went straight for his colleague early, first attacking Wembanyama on the perimeter, turning a step back from three-point range.

Later in the game, Henderson attacked Wembanyama right in the paint and got the better of him again. (Another time in the fourth quarter, it should be noted Wembanyama carried the Scoot shot into the next century.)

In the half, Henderson had 18 points, Wembanyama had 9 points and a couple of blocks.

Then the fun began.

Vembanyama moved up a notch in the third and fourth quarters despite consistent fouls in what was arguably his most impressive shooting performance of his young career. He landed dagger after dagger from behind the arc, finishing with seven triples in a bitter defeat. He closed with 28 points in the second half, turning to 37 overnight, while Henderson scored 28 points in the win.

Vembanyama fouled late and the game almost settled. He shot 11 of 20 from the field and made seven of his 11 three-pointers on the night. Henderson, who had nine assists, made two of three three-point attempts and finished 11 of 21 from the field.

G League teams Ignite and Metropolitans 92 will play again on Thursday.

By numbers

AnimalHenderson
points3728
FG11-2011-21
3-FG7-112-3
reboundsfour5
Assists09



Source: www.cbssports.com

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