Updated on 3/31/21. Written by Alan Lu.
Professional Team: Nevezis
Classification: International ‘02
2021 Top 100 Prospect Rank: 39
Projected Draft Range: Late 1st to 2nd Round
Decent low post scorer
Adequate scorer off the dribble
Adequate shooter for a big man, has stretch big potential
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Solid shot blocker
Needs to improve his free throw shooting
Needs to improve his face-up game
Can be prone to hoisting up questionable shots
Needs to improve his playmaking skills
Can tend to force the issue too much on offense
Can be quite foul prone
Can struggle to defend out on the perimeter
Ariel Hukporti is an strong, mobile big man that can score in the low post, and he also can rebound and block shots. He will need to improve his jump shot and decision-making skills on offense, but his ability to score and defend in the interior could enable him to go in the late first to the second round range in the 2021 draft.
ESPN’s 2021 NBA Mock Draft
7/31/19 Germany vs. Russia
2/2/21 Nevezis vs. Zalgiris
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