Basketball & Race

What is Victor Wembayama’s Race and Background?

The recent play of Victor Wembayama in a couple exhibition games against the G-League Unite has the world googling highlights of the 7-4 French teenager. The generational talent LeBron James recognized another unique prospect when LeBron called Wembayama’s play more like an alien considering his combination of athleticism, height and skill.

“Everybody’s been a unicorn over the last few years,” said James, “but [Wembanyama] is more like an alien.”

Respected international scout Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress tweeted that he has never seen a prospect quite like Wembayama

The way the lengthy 7-4 Wembayama scored from all over the court; crossing over defenders, pulling difficult three pointers, and dunking the ball without really leaving the ground was like playing free slot games for fun and child’s play against players in and around his age. In his two exhibition games, he put up 36 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and four blocks in one game then hit seven three pointers in his other game tallying 37 points,  five blocks and four rebounds. Sheesh.

What is Wembayama’s Race?

Past Wenbayama’s clear immense basketball potential and even more obvious stature, many wonder about the young Victor’s personal life. We know that because he’s an international prospect, from France, and that he has light skin that those things may confuse many.

That’s not uncommon especially for those that live in places without much diversity so they don’t realize that skin color comes in a variety of shades – no matter your make up. One doesn’t have to be just one race whether it be Black or white or Asian.

Still it’s information basketball fans are interested in to better understand the topic similar to how they’re curious about Steph Curry or LaMelo Ball. In that vein, we’ve done some research to try to identify Victor Wembayama’s race and ethnic background.

Who are Victor Wembayama’s Mom and Dad?

Outside of direct quotes, there’s no better way to identify a person’s race and background then by looking at their parents. We did a search on Victor Wembayama’s parents and found this photo of Wembayama’s father and mother posing with Victor’s older sister Eve on her Instagram (now private)

In the middle is Eve, who is also a professional hooper in France. Victor’s 6-foot sister helped France win a gold medal at the 2017 FIBA U16 Women’s European Championship. She last played in the Euroleague back in 2020 and as of 2022, plays for a team in the Monaco Basket Association.

On the left is Victor’s father Felix. According to several online sources Felix is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He was once a competitive high jumper. On the right size of the picture is Victor’s mom Elodie de Fautereau – a former professional basketball player that introduced Victor and Eve to basketball. De Fautereau’s background isn’t certain, but she presents as Caucasian and was born in France.

The two got married in 2009 after many years of dating. The coupling of Felix who is 6-5 and the 6-2 Elodie certainly had a direct influence on Victor Wembayama’s height. Their union is also very much why Victor Wembayama is such a athletic and talented prospect that will no doubt be selected #1 in the 2023 NBA Draft.

All that said, Victor Wembayama is of mixed race — a combination of his mom’s French blood and his father’s Congolese background.

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