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Aday Mara amazes the NBA

Aday Mara's name is not unknown to basketball lovers. For a long time it has been said about the Casademont youth squad that he has every


Aday ’s name is not unknown to basketball lovers. For a long time it has been said about the Casademont youth squad that he has everything to become a great player. The center from Zaragoza, 17 years old and 2.18 meters tall, continues its unstoppable progressionwhich has led him to be competing in the U-17 World Cup with the Spanish team, which is being held these days in Malaga. And there, in Andalusian lands, is grabbing all eyessurprising locals and strangers.

Scouts from around the world, including those from franchises, have set their radar on Marawhich, despite the defeat of Spain, went up to 15 points with a 7 of 12 in the opening game against Lithuania. “He has a series of fundamentals and skills that are not taught: vision of the game, he has eyes in the back of his head, his precision and timingopens the field for his teammates and nullifies defensive efforts trying to close him, ”analyzes an American scout. Not in vain, they dare to compare him with Nikola Jokic, current and two-time NBA MVPwho has recently become the highest paid player in the world. «Since Jokic we have not seen a European pivot pass as well as him»assures the scout.

“He has fundamentals that are not taught”, they say of the player, who is participating in the U-17 World Cup

However, Aday Mara the still has stages to burn in his evolution and has a great margin for improvement, logical for an athlete who has not yet reached the age of majority. The man from Zaragoza, the son of a former CAI player and an international volleyball player, has played for different teams throughout this season. His biggest appearances have been with El Olivar, in the EBA League, in which he has been one of his best men. In addition, his good work has also led him to debut in the LEB Oro with Levitec Huesca, with whom he has played several games due to the small team from Huesca. And Aday Mara showed that the category is not big for her. The pivot spent 16 minutes on the court, which earned him one of the best on the Huesca team, with 8 points without fail (4/4 shooting from two), 5 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 turnovers for 13 PIR credits.

The reward for his performance came with his debut in the Casademont first team, in the match against Reggio Emilia in the FIBA ​​Europe Cup. Because Mara is a regular at the Zaragoza training sessions and her own teammates rave about her potential.

Before traveling to Malaga with the national team, in what is his first international competition, the Aragonese giant participated in the Basketball Without Borders in Milan, one meeting of the greatest European promises. “I had a great time on and off the pitch. I learned many things for the future and I took invaluable advice from the coaches and my teammates», Aday Mara valued after the event. The truth is that its evolution and its future is a complete unknown, but, given its qualities and its progression, it is inevitable that the illusion grows around him.