Théo Maledon

Théo Maledon (born 12 June 2001) is a French professional basketball player for ASVEL of the LNB Pro A. Standing 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in), he plays the point guard position.

Théo Maledon
Theo Maledon - Villeurbanne (cropped).jpg
Maledon in November 2018
No. 6 – ASVEL
PositionPoint guard
LeagueLNB Pro A
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (2001-06-12) 12 June 2001 (age 18)
Rouen, France
NationalityFrench
Listed height1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Career information
Playing career2017–present
Career history
2017–presentASVEL
Career highlights and awards

Born in Rouen, Maledon played youth basketball for French sports institute INSEP before joining the youth ranks of ASVEL at age 16. One year later, he saw breakout success at the senior level, becoming the youngest LNB All-Star in history and winning the LNB Pro A Best Young Player award. He helped ASVEL win Pro A and French Cup titles, while being named French Cup Final MVP.

Representing France internationally, Maledon won a gold medal at the 2016 FIBA U16 European Championship and a silver medal at the 2018 FIBA Under-17 World Cup. He has also played for the senior national team.

Early life and careerEdit

Maledon was born in Rouen, France.[1] At age three, Maledon began playing basketball with his local club Mesnil-Esnard in Seine-Maritime.[2] After reaching the U11 age group, he moved to SPO Rouen, the most prominent club in his area.[3] In 2015, at age 14, Maledon joined INSEP, a prestigious sports institute in Paris, on a scholarship.[4][5] In the 2015–16 season, he played three games for INSEP-affiliated team Centre Fédéral de Basket-ball in the Nationale Masculine 1 (NM1), the amateur third-tier division of French basketball, and two games for INSEP's U18 team in the Adidas Next Generation Tournament (ANGT).[6]

In 2016–17, Maledon became a regular starter with Centre Fédéral in the NM1, where he averaged 8.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 25.6 minutes per game.[7] He scored a season-best 20 points, along with five rebounds and four assists, in a 23 April 2017 loss to Union Tarbes-Lourdes Pyrénées [fr].[8] In the same month, Maledon took part in the Jordan Brand Classic Global Showcase at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where he scored 15 points.[9]

Professional careerEdit

ASVEL (2017–present)Edit

2017–18 seasonEdit

On 16 June 2017, Maledon joined the junior team of LNB Pro A club ASVEL that played in the LNB Espoirs [fr], the French U21 league.[4] In his season debut on 24 September 2017, he recorded 10 points and five assists in a 71–61 win over Espoirs Limoges.[10] Maledon made his Pro A debut for the senior team on September 30 at age 16, playing one minute versus Cholet.[11] He became the second youngest debutant in club history.[12] On October 17, he made his first appearance in the EuroCup against ratiopharm Ulm.[13] In January 2018, Maledon played for ASVEL's U18 team at the ANGT in L'Hospitalet.[7] He recorded 35 points and 11 assists on January 7 to help defeat the junior team of Gran Canaria in his final game in the tournament.[14] On 12 May 2018, Maledon scored a season-high 26 points against Espoirs Monaco in the LNB Espoirs.[15] Through 33 Espoirs games, he averaged 15.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game.[7]

2018–19 seasonEdit

 
Maledon (left) defends Le Portel's Benoît Mangin in December 2018.

On 13 August 2018, Maledon signed his first professional contract, agreeing to remain with ASVEL for three years.[16] In the 2018–19 season, he assumed a greater role for the senior team and frequently made its starting lineup.[7] On 6 October, Maledon recorded 15 points, four rebounds, and four assists, shooting 6-of-7 from the field, in an 88–64 victory over Fos Provence.[17] His ranking [fr] of 22 in the game was the most by a Pro A player under age 18 since Tony Parker recorded a ranking of 24 against BCM Gravelines in 1999.[18][19] On 3 November, Maledon recorded a career-high 16 points, four rebounds, and two steals against JDA Dijon.[20] He eclipsed his career-high on 18 November versus Le Mans Sarthe, when he recorded 20 points, four assists, and two steals.[21]

On 18 December 2018, against Zenit Saint Petersburg, Maledon had 13 points, along with seven rebounds and three assists, for his best scoring effort in the EuroCup.[22] He recorded 18 points, five assists, two steals, and a career-best ranking of 26, against Levallois on 26 December.[23] Maledon played in the LNB All-Star Game on 29 December, becoming the youngest All-Star since the event was created in 1987.[24] On 12 May 2019, he scored a team-high 13 points in a 70–61 win over Le Mans in the French Cup championship and was named Final MVP.[25] Maledon was named LNB Pro A Best Young Player at the end of the season.[26] In June 2019, he helped ASVEL win the Pro A finals over Monaco.[27] In a total of 62 games in the season, Maledon averaged seven points, 2.1 rebounds, and two assists in 17.3 minutes per game.[7]

2019–20 seasonEdit

Entering the 2019–20 season, Maledon was considered the favorite to win the EuroLeague Rising Star award by the league's website.[28] In his season opener, a Pro A win over Limoges on 22 September 2019, he recorded six points and eight assists in 19 minutes.[29] On 4 October, Maledon made his EuroLeague debut, playing nine minutes in a victory over Olympiacos. In his subsequent game, two days later against Cholet, he suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to miss over one month of action.[30] On 17 January 2020, Maledon recorded a career-high 10 assists, along with five points and six rebounds, in a 101–74 loss to Anadolu Efes.[31] One week later, he scored 19 points, his best mark in the EuroLeague, in a 100–88 defeat to Panathinaikos.[32] On 14 February, Maledon matched his career high in scoring with 20 points in an 88–59 victory over Metropolitans 92 at the LNB Pro A Leaders Cup semifinals.[33] On 5 April, while the basketball season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he declared for the 2020 NBA draft.[5]

National team careerEdit

French junior national teamEdit

Maledon made his debut for France at the 2016 FIBA U16 European Championship in Radom, Poland. Through seven games, he averaged 8.4 points, four rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game.[34] Maledon played for the French team at the 2017 FIBA U16 European Championship in Podgorica, Montenegro.[35] He averaged 14.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game through seven contests, scoring 20 points in the final against Montenegro to help France win the gold medal.[36][37] Maledon was named captain for France at the 2018 FIBA Under-17 Basketball World Cup in Argentina.[38] Through seven games, he averaged 11.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game as France finished in second place.[39]

French senior national teamEdit

On 24 February 2019, Maledon debuted for the French senior national team during the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualification stage. He played 15 minutes, recording three points and three rebounds, in a 76–69 loss to Finland.[40] On 7 August, Maledon scored 14 points, shooting 4-of-5 from the field, in a 94–56 victory over Tunisia in preparation for the World Cup.[41] He was among the final cuts from France's World Cup roster, in part due to a shoulder injury.[42]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

EuroCupEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018–19[43] ASVEL 18 12 17.8 .409 .351 .826 2.4 2.1 .4 .2 7.1

Personal lifeEdit

Both of Maledon's parents played basketball: his mother, Sylvie, with the French junior national team, and his father, Claude, in the NM1.[3] His uncle, Dominique Guéret, was an assistant coach for LNB Pro B club ALM Évreux, and his older sister, Lena, plays college basketball in the United States.[1][3]

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