NPH #5 Ranked Marial Shayok: Capital Punishment
OTTAWA,ON–As the second largest city in Ontario [after Toronto] and the fourth largest in the country, it is no surprise that Ottawa has been producing high-level talent for years; the Shayok family alone is responsible for three NCAA players along with one more walking down the same road.
NPH would like to familiarize you with the youngest in the family, 2014 prospect Marial Shayok, a 6’3 Wing who has been wreaking havoc in the nation’s capital since his freshman year.
Father, Makur Shayok played his NCAA career at Dayton, while sister, Yar is currently a junior at the University of Detroit. If that isn’t sufficient, Marial’s older brother Shayok Shayok is a freshman at Bradley, after a succesful senior season at IMG Academy.
“It helped me alot because almost everything relates back to ball. For instance, I have to do well in school or it will ruin my chances with basketball,” young Shayok explained, referring to his families influences on his basketball life.
“Also, it’s a reminder to work hard everyday to get where my brother and sister are and where my dad has been.”
Shayok was an integral piece of the National Cadet Team that won Bronze this past summer, where he started every game and averaged 11.4 PPG, 7.8 RPG, along with 1.6 assists per contest.
(Second in Scoring behind #3-ranked Kevin Zabo, first in rebounding, fourth in assists on National Cadet Team)
The NPH #5-ranked prospect in 2014 certainly has the total package on the wing with his superior ability to break down defenders and create plays for himself and others.
On the high school level, Shayok has been tearing up the Ottawa scene, with notable accomplishments that include breaking St Partick’s record for most 20+ point games as a freshman playing senior ball.
In addition, Shayok recorded a couple scoring outbursts of 43 and 37 last season.
After being asked where he stacks up against the rest of the elite Canadian talent in his class, Shayok responded, “Really close to the top, but still trying to be the best for real.”
His combination of current talent and thirst for development will certainly sustain his position among the cream of the crop. However, after speaking on his goals for the upcoming season, a common theme among the top players in Ontario surfaced.
“Trying to win OFSAA!”