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French basketball player goes viral for interesting name


The American basketball world was introduced to two potential top picks in next year’s draft in Victor Wembanyama and Scoot Henderson on Tuesday, when the G League Ignite team took on France’s Metropolitans 92.

When Wembanyama scored 37 points and Henderson scored 28 points, the attention of NBA fans turned to another French basketball player: Steeve Ho You Fat. The power forward went viral immediately.

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Boulogne Metropolitans 92’s Steeve Ho You Fat warms up during the EuroCup basketball game between Partizan Nis Belgrade and Boulogne Metropolitans 92 at Aleksandar Nikolic Hall on March 16, 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia.
(Nikola Krstic/MB Media/Getty Images)

Ho You Fat was born in Cayenne, French Guiana and has played professional basketball in France since 2008. He has played for Cholet Basket, Olympique Antibes, ALM Evreux Basket, Chorale Roanne Basket, BC Orchie, Rouen Metropole Basket, ALM Evreux Basket and Metropolitanos 92.

Ho You Fat is in his second full season with the Metropolitans. He averaged 3.2 points and 1.9 rebounds last season.

As it went viral, Ho You Fat commented on his sudden rise to social media fame on Instagram.

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Boulogne Metropolitans 92's Steeve Ho You Fat warms up during the EuroCup basketball game between Partizan Nis Belgrade and Boulogne Metropolitans 92 at Aleksandar Nikolic Hall on March 16, 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Boulogne Metropolitans 92’s Steeve Ho You Fat warms up during the EuroCup basketball game between Partizan Nis Belgrade and Boulogne Metropolitans 92 at Aleksandar Nikolic Hall on March 16, 2022 in Belgrade, Serbia.
(Nikola Krstic/MB Media/Getty Images)

“Looks like they really want that shirt,” she wrote on her Instagram Stories.

Wembanyama is a 7-foot-2 center who is rated to be the No. 1 pick in the draft next year. Along with his 37 points, he had seven 3-pointers with five blocks and four rebounds.

“I’m going to tell you something that’s been going on in my life, like my whole life, since I was a kid, even before I played basketball,” he told The Associated Press before the game. “I’ve always tried to do (something) different. I’m not even talking about sports, whatever. Any field, I always try to be original, something original, something one of one, something that has never been done before.” And that’s really how it worked in my life. I don’t know where it comes from. I think I was born with it. I have always tried to be original. Unique, that’s the word.”

Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92's Victor Wembanyama, center, guards NBA G League Ignite's Scoot Henderson, right, during the first half of an exhibition basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, in Henderson, Nevada .

Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92’s Victor Wembanyama, center, guards NBA G League Ignite’s Scoot Henderson, right, during the first half of an exhibition basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, in Henderson, Nevada .
(AP Photo/John Locher)

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He added, “My goal is to be like something you’ve never seen.”

Associated Press contributed to this report.



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