Aday Mara

NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

POSITION: CFROM: UCLA
(Spain)
HT: 7-3WT: 233
BORN: 4/7/05YEAR: Fr.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

late first to second round round pick in the 2024 NBA Draft or 2025 NBA Draft

Videos

https://youtu.be/wNGRca3wY-E

2024 Center Rankings

  1. Alexandre Sarr – 7-1 – Perth Wildcats, NBL (France)
  2. Yves Missi – 6-11 – Baylor (Cameroon)
  3. Donovan Clingan – 7-2 – UConn
  4. Ulrich Chomche – 6-11 – Cameroon
  5. Adem Bona – 6-10 – UCLA (Nigeria)
  6. Zach Edey – 7-4 – Purdue (Canada)
  7. Kel’el Ware – 7-0 – Indiana
  8. Ugonna Kingsley Onyenso – 7-0 – Kentucky (Nigeria)
  9. Hunter Dickenson – 7-1 – Kansas
  10. Zvonimir Ivisic – 7-3 – Kentucky (Croatia)
  11. DaRon Holmes II – 6-10 – Dayton
  12. Aday Mara – 7-3 – UCLA (Spain)
  13. Clifford Omoruyi – 6-11 – Rutgers (Nigeria) 
  14. Lacklan Olbrich – 6-10 – Illawarra Hawks, NBL
  15. Ryan Kalkbrenner – 7-1 – Creighton
  16. Braxton Meah – 7-1 – Washington
  17. Yohan Traore – 6-10 – NA (France)
  18. Mady Sissoko – 6-10 – Michigan State (Mali)
  19. Eli Ndiaye – 6-8 – Spain
  20. Oumar Ballo – 6-10 – Arizona (Mali) 
  21. Nfaly Dante – 7-0 – Oregon (Mali)
  22. Armando Bacot – 6-9 – UNC