That’s all the time that is necessary to see that he is a generational prospect. In recent years, it’s rare to see a talent like that go up against another highly touted player. Ewing vs. Olajuwon in the national championship game doesn’t happen anymore. Carmelo Anthony wasn’t even on the Oak Hill High School team that went up against LeBron James and St. Vincent St. Mary High School on ESPN.
Even as Zion Williamson’s hype grew in his one season at Duke, his most hyped game was a rivalry game against North Carolina. The decades-long rivalry is what made that game compelling, not Willamson against any individual player. Also, got hurt in that game which forever knocked him off of the “can’t miss” pedestal.
Not only is Wembanyama the first “can’t miss” NBA prospect in a decade, he is way more fun to watch than Anthony Davis. Wembanyama is a player like the NBA has never seen before. Arguably 7-foot-4, he makes Ralph Samson at Virginia look like a relic from centuries ago instead of just 40 years. He can shoot off the catch and he can shoot off the dribble. He can get around a defender with his dribble or put his back to the basket like the centers who came before him.
All that talent, and basketball fans get to see it up against the best American player in next year’s draft class. Scoot Henderson played last season for Ignite while only 17 years old. He’s a 6-foot-2 point guard, and while he can’t fly quite as high a Ja Morant, defenders do run the risk of turning into viral video when he takes off for the rim. He can break ankles, and also finishes deftly in traffic.
The best of next will be on the floor, and while the game won’t go towards the record of either team, fans and many NBA scouts will take record of which player looks the best at the end of the week.