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CLASS OF 2014 INTRO: MARIAL SHAYOK
In the past few years the talent in Canada has exploded on the hardwood court. AAU programs like Grassroots Canada and CIA Bounce have been producing a steady supply of elite level prospects. With the success of CIA Bounce in the Nike ELite Youth Basketball League again this season with elite 17U and 16U teams, that pipeline of talent from North of the Border to the States is not going to dry up anytime soon. If anything, the talent pool is getting only deeper.
One player to keep a close eye on this summer is Class of 2014 prospect Marial Shayok. Not much is known to this point on Shayak by the national recruiting media as he continued to attend high school in his hometown of Ottawa through this past academic year. However he opened eyes at the recent Rumble in the Bronx and also laid the groundwork last July in Orlando with CIA Bounce on the AAU circuit.
As a virtual unknown name entering the Rumble in the Bronx earlier this month, Shayok made a loud splash in a pool play victory announcing himself as a potential high major college player. The 6-foot-5, 193-pound wing scored the ball from all three levels with ease and may have had even more impact defensively in CIA Bounce’s press. His length and lateral foot speed make him a potentially elite defender as well as a potential go-to option on the offensive end. His progression from last summer when NBE saw him in action looks to be right on track and with a big July on the AAU circuit one could see his recruitment explode. Shayok is also looking for a prep school in the US to begin attending this fall.
“I am not sure what school I will be attending but I am considering Blair Academy, IMG Academy, Brewster and St. Benedict’s,” Shayok said when asked of his plans for the fall. “My goals next season are to have great success personally and with my team.”
Now that he has made a more well-known name for himself, Shayok is looking forward to the July evaluation period and the Peach Jam Tournament where he no doubt will have plenty of college coaches eager to get their own look at him to evaluate their interest in his talents. His performance at the Rumble in the Brinx is his highlight to date, but that could very well change this summer and he is currently on a trip of a lifetime as well.
“I am currently in France for the World Olympics with Team Canada and looking for forward for the summer,” he told NBE Sports.
Just like the scouting reports NBE has compiled on Shayok, his versatility also has intrigued college coaches. He may be under the radar to national pundits, but that is not expected to last and college coaches are already aware of his talents.
“Most college coaches seem to like that I can break a defender down to score and…know when to kick it out to an open man,” he said. “Also that I am a good defender, on and off the ball.”
On the recruiting front things are slowly beginning to pick-up for Shayok. Being out of the country at the time of the unlimited texting and calling went into effect and the lack of exposure in the United States has certainly slowed the process to this point. However a few alert and attentive schools have already reached out.
“I have not visited any school but got interest from Illinois, Missouri, Bradley and Indiana,” he said. “My Dad spoke to [an] assistant at Kentucky and other low key interest from Villanova and Florida. So any of those schools can catch my attention.”
Shayok realizes he has plenty of time to let the recruiting process play out and with two years of school still remaining before college and the impending move to the States, the process will take it’s own course in due time. There is one school in particular he hopes to hear much more from in the future.
“I like many of those schools, however, with a big summer coming up and two years left in school, I hope to receive a lot of attention from Kentucky,” he said.
Shayok also comes from a basketball family with tremendous basketball bloodlines to follow in the footsteps of. His father, Makur Shayok played at the University of Dayton in the early 90′s before a professional career overseas. Older sister Yar Shayok was an all-Horizon League player at Detroit and brother Shayok Shayok just finished his freshman campaign at Bradley.
Now you have been introduced to Marial Shayok. Do not be surprised to know he is a household name in recruiting circles by this time next year. Stay tuned to NBE Basketball Report as we follow his ascension in the ranks of 2014!