Bilal Coulibaly — a teammate of presumptive No. 1 overall pick Victor Wembanyama at Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 in France — is one of the fastest rising prospects of the 2023 NBA Draft. According to the Mock Draft Consensus, the 18-year-old will be drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the No. 12 overall pick.


Boulogne-Levallois' Bilal Coulibaly (0) drives up court in action during the playoffs of the Elite basketball match Boulogne-Levallois against Monaco at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Thursday, June 15, 2023. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Bilal Coulibaly file (with 2022-23 statistics)
Pos Ht Wt Age Team PPG RPG APG
F 6-8 194 18 Metropolitans 92 5.0 3.1 0.8


  • Athleticism — NBA teams are drawn to his immense potential as a bouncy and long 3-and-D wing.
  • Vertical leap — Coulibaly thrives above the rim, soaring in for putback dunks and crashing the boards.
  • Wingspan — At 7-foot-2, it allows him to protect the rim and disrupt passing lanes.
  • Speed — It's apparent on both ends of the court, whether he's slashing to the basket on offense or covering ground on defense.


  • Strength — Like most teenage prospects, he'll need to bulk up to hold his ground against NBA muscle.
  • Ball handling — His handle can be loose and needs to be tightened up for him to get to the rim.
  • Shooting — He made 45.2% of his 3-pointers (on just 1.1 attempts per game), but he has to develop a quicker trigger to get his shot off against NBA defenses.

Fun facts

  • Coulibaly experienced a remarkable growth spurt, going from 5-6 to 6-3 to 6-6 over a two-year span.
  • He missed the NBA Combine because his team, Metropolitans 92, was competing in the playoffs.

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