Candidate Marahe great ‘unicorn’ of Spanish basketball with his still 17 years and 2.21 m. tall, stood out during the Basketball Without Borders Global Campa joint action between FIBA and the NBA, which was held during the NBA All Star Weekend in Salt Lake City.
The pivot of Casademont Zaragoza was chosen among the 12 best players who participated in the BWB Global Camp which brought together a good part of the great international promises from around the world (40 summoned from 27 different countries).
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Aday Mara: The Spanish Wembanyama?
In the United States they compared Aday Mara, of whom they highlighted his height (they measured him at 2.21 m.), mobility and understanding of the game, with the French media player Victor Wembanyama to which LeBron James described as “an alien” and? aims for number 1 of the 2023 NBA Draft.
This is how the NBA sees Aday Mara: “He is much more than a tall guy. For me, the sky is his limit”
Chris EbersoleNBA Director of International Basketball Operations, discussed Aday Mara’s role at the NBA’s BWB Global Camp during All Star Weekend: “I think he has a great opportunity to make it to the NBA. A lot of teams are already following him and “They have a good impression of him. In 2015 we had Lauri Markkanen and Jamal Murray and we didn’t know they could become stars in the NBA. He is on that path of being able to play in the United States and have a big impact with his future team.” .
nacho garcia reproduce and ‘The Newspaper of Aragon’ the words of the NBA Elite Basketball chief about the Spanish center: “He is a very special player, with unique fundamentals for someone of that size. He is much more than a tall guy. Defensively, due to his height, he is a guarantee near the hoop. But in the current NBA they are going to demand more mobility from him. It is always difficult for such tall players, at any level, but he has already shown details that he can improve a lot in that as well. For me, heaven is its limit”.
The great impact of Aday Mara in Spanish and international basketball
The teenager Aday Mara averages 4.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in just over 10 minutes with Casademont Zaragoza in the Endesa League and has starred in stellar moments in his irruption in the first team Maño.
He made his big debut in the ACB at the age of 17 years, 6 months and 9 days, demonstrating his enormous potential in the defeat of his Casademont Zaragoza 83-97 against Cazoo Baskonia: 8 points (2 of 3 on shots of 2 (there were two dunks) , 1 of 2 free throws and 1 of 1 on triples), 4 rebounds and 1 assist in 19 minutes.
His international explosion came at the U-17 World Cup in Malaga, in which he helped Spain win silver with statistics of 12.6 points, 5 rebounds and 1.6 assists and a great impact on the game.
Who is Aday Mara, the unicorn of 2.20 m. of Spanish basketball?
Aday Mara was born on April 7, 2005 in Zaragoza. He is the son of basketball player Francisco Javier Mara (he played five ACB games with Basket Zaragoza between 1986 and 1988) and volleyball player Geli Gómez.
Nacho Duque published in MARCA.com that Aday Mara started out as a soccer goalkeeper, but at the age of eight he already measured 1.67 meters and decided to make the leap to the sport of the basket.
The young Spanish talent began playing basketball at Basket Lupus, until he made the leap to the Casademont Zaragoza youth academy.
In his training process he has played in Club Baloncesto El Olivar (EBA League) and Levitec Huesca (LEB Oro).
He made his debut with Casademont Zaragoza on November 17, 2021 in a group game of the Fiba Europe Cup.
This is how they see Aday Mara in the United States facing the NBA Draft
Jonathan Givonyfounder of DraftExpressdefined Aday Mara after seeing him live at the U17 World Cup as “exceptionally skilled for a player his age, he made outstanding passes from the mid and low post, and from the perimeter. The high level of skill he shows can make him a serious NBA prospect as his career progresses.