Ariel Hukporti

NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

POSITION: CFROM: Melbourne United
(Germany)
HT: 6-11WT: 250
BORN: 4/12/02YEAR: 02WING: 7-1REACH: NA

Draft Notes

Hukporti has signed with the Melbourne United team for the 21/22 season.

Hukporti is a physical specimen with NBA size and athletic ability. His movement skills are impressive for nearly 7-feet, 250lbs and he certainly passes the eyeball test. Has some growing up to do and will have to show that he can lock in and put in the work to be great.

He projects as a role player early in his career and will have to earn minutes with his rebounding, interior defense and running the floor but he’s got some offensive talent as well and should develop into more of a scoring threat some years down the line.

His ability to get off the ground at his size is impressive. He’s a shot blocking force who reacts well and has a quick first jump.

He scores most of his points right around the basket, either on dunks or short lefty hooks and layups but is becoming a more capable outside shooter, showing good mechanics.


Comparisons

  • Thomas Bryant

Draft Projection

second round to undrafted in the 2022 NBA Draft

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2022 Center Rankings

  1. Chet Holmgren – 7-0 – Gonzaga
  2. Jalen Duren – 6-10 – Memphis
  3. Yannick Nzosa – 6-11 – DR Congo
  4. Khalifa Diop – 6-11 – Senegal 
  5. Walker Kessler – 6-11 – Auburn 
  6. Ibou Dianko Badji – 7-1 – Senegal
  7. Mark Williams – 7-0 – Duke
  8. Hunter Dickenson – 7-1 – Michigan
  9. Tristan Vukcevic – 6-10 – Serbia
  10. Ariel Hukporti – 6-11 – Germany
  11. Oscar Tshiebwe – 6-9 – Kentucky (Congo)
  12. Franck Kepnang – 6-11- Oregon (Cameroon)
  13. Kofi Cockburn – 7-0 – Illinois (Jamaica)
  14. Jonathan Tchamwa.T… – 6-8 – Baylor (Cameroon)
  15. Kai Sotto – 7-2 – Philippines
  16. David McCormack – 6-10 – Kansas
  17. Armando Bacot – 6-9 – UNC
  18. Nfaly Dante – 7-0 – Oregon (Mali)
  19. Chol Marial – 7-2 – Maryland (South Sudan)