Aday Mara

NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

POSITION: CFROM: UCLA
(Spain)
HT: 7-3WT: 233
BORN: 4/7/05YEAR: So.WING: NAREACH: NA

Draft Notes

Mara is an incredibly skilled and talented 7-3 center with great passing instincts and feel for the game.

He has a massive impact on both ends of the floor thanks to his great size, his presence in the lane and his ball skills.

He’s not the most mobile player but then again most 7-3 players aren’t super mobile. He does a good job of defending in the paint and at the rim, although he could stand to get stronger.

His passing skills really set him apart from most other centers. He surveys the floor and finds cutters and open shooters

Has a nice shooting touch from mid range and is expanding his range to three. Should be a good floor spacer at the NBA level. Dunks the ball with ease and scores in the paint over either shoulder.

The biggest concern is his ability to guard at the NBA level. I think his lack of strength and mobility will make it hard for him to stay on a NBA floor, at least early in his career or until he gets a lot stronger.

Here’s a more in-depth look at Aday Mara’s talents and his NBA comparisons.


Comparisons

  • Zydrunas Ilgauskas
  • Pau Gasol

Draft Projection

possible second round pick in the 2025 NBA Draft

Videos

https://youtu.be/wNGRca3wY-E

2025 Center Rankings

  1. Rocco Zikarsky – 7-1 – Australia
  2. Khamam Maluach – 7-1 – Duke (South Sudan)
  3. Zvonimir Ivisic – 7-3 – Arkansas (Croatia)
  4. Flory Bidunga – 6-10 – Kansas (Congo)
  5. Patrick Ngongba II – 6-10 – Duke
  6. Hansen Yang – 7-1 – China
  7. Xavier Booker – 6-11 – Michigan State
  8. Aaron Bradshaw – 7-1 – Ohio State
  9. Ugonna Kingsley Onyenso – 7-0 – Kansas State (Nigeria)
  10. Tomislav Ivisic – 7-1 – Illinois (Croatia)
  11. Aday Mara – 7-3 – UCLA (Spain)
  12. Ismaila Diagne – 6-11 – Gonzaga (Senegal)
  13. Somto Cyril – 6-10 – Georgia
  14. Felix Okpara – 6-11 – Tennessee (Nigeria)
  15. Vincent Iwuchukwu – 7-0 – St. John’s
  16. Motiejus Krivas – 7-2 – Arizona (Lithuania)
  17. Danny Wolf – 7-0 – Michigan
  18. Hunter Dickinson – 7-1 – Kansas
  19. Eli Ndiaye – 6-8 – Spain
  20. Ryan Kalkbrenner – 7-1 – Creighton
  21. Braxton Meah – 7-1 – Nebraska
  22. John Bol – 7-2 – Ole Miss
  23. Clifford Omoruyi – 6-11 – Alabama (Nigeria) 
  24. Lacklan Olbrich – 6-10 – Illawarra Hawks, NBL
  25. Baye Fall – 6-11 – Kansas State (Senegal)
  26. Oumar Ballo – 6-10 – Indiana (Mali) 
  27. Dennis Evans – 7-1 – Grand Canyon
  28. Joshua Ojianwuna – 6-10 – Baylor (Nigeria)
  29. Yohan Traore – 6-10 – NA (France)
  30. Cyr Malonga – 6-11 – Louisville, KY (Congo)
  31. Christian Reeves – 7-0 – Clemson