A modern-day athletic big man, Ariel Hukporti put together a dominant third season in NBL24.

24 Jun
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NBL Media looks at the Next Stars who could land in the NBA via the Draft in late June. 

Name: Ariel Hukporti
Position: C
Height: 7'0
Weight: 113 kg
Age: 22
Born: Germany

Draft Profile Headers (1)

A mobile center who runs the floor, blocks shots and finishes above the rim.

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The athletic Hukporti has drawn comparisons to Miami's Thomas Bryant. Each are known for their interior presence around the basket at both ends of the court. 

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Draft Profile Headers What the Experts Say

Likely selection: Second round (Picks 31-58)

Hukporti has been mocked in the second round by ESPN for most of the 2024 draft cycle.  

Draft Profile Headers Season Insight

Averages: 7.9 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.5 BPG
Season highlight: Round 4 vs Illawarra - 21 PTS (6-7 FG), 10 REB, 1 BLK, 1 STL

Draft Profile Headers Draft Projection

Hukporti is a defensive athletic big who feeds off offensive rebounds, alley-oops and pick and roll play. Defensively he blocks shots and protects the rim at a high quality level.

Hukporti already has a number of years of experience as a pro which would fill any team with more confidence about his ability to adapt to new situations and find his role.

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Draft Profile Headers Compared To

“He showed that he can be an elite player at the defensive end of the floor." - Dean Vickerman (Melbourne United Head Coach)

“His ability to catch the ball, finish above the rim, his shot-blocking ability, his robust athleticism, and he’s starting to develop.” - Andrew Gaze (NBL Legend)

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