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Ariel Hukporti

NBA DRAFT SCOUTING REPORT

POSITION: CFROM: Melbourne United
(Germany)
HT: 7-0WT: 250
BORN: 4/12/02YEAR: 02WING: 7-1REACH: NA

Draft Notes

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

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Draft Projection

second round to undrafted in the 2024 NBA Draft

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2024 Center Rankings

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  2. Khamam Maluach – 7-1 – Duke (South Sudan)
  3. Zvonimir Ivisic – 7-3 – NA (Croatia)
  4. Flory Bidunga – 6-10 – Kansas (Congo)
  5. Patrick Ngongba II – 6-10 – Duke
  6. Xavier Booker – 6-11 – Michigan State
  7. Aday Mara – 7-3 – UCLA (Spain)
  8. Ismaila Diagne – 6-11 – Real Madrid (Senegal)
  9. Aaron Bradshaw – 7-1 – NA
  10. Somto Cyril – 6-10 – NA
  11. Hansen Yang – 7-1 – China
  12. Felix Okpara – 6-11 – Ohio State (Nigeria)
  13. Vincent Iwuchukwu – 7-0 – USC
  14. Baye Fall – 6-11 – Arkansas (Senegal)
  15. John Bol – 7-2 – Ole Miss
  16. Oumar Ballo – 6-10 – Arizona (Mali) 
  17. Dennis Evans – 7-1 – Louisville
  18. Joshua Ojianwuna – 6-10 – Baylor (Nigeria)
  19. Jalen Lewis – 6-8 – Overtime Elite pro league
  20. Adrame Diongue – 7-0 – NA (Senegal)
  21. Enoch Boakye – 6-10 – Arizona State (Canada)
  22. Cyr Malonga – 6-11 – Louisville, KY (Congo)
  23. Christian Reeves – 7-0 – Duke
  24. Dilan Anderson – 7-0 – Arizona
  25. Bol Kuir – 7-3 – Belfry, KY (South Sudan)