|Senior||6’6″ 201||Shooting Guard||Iowa St.||23 Yrs. Old|
|18.7 ppg||4.9 rpg||2.0 apg||FG: 49.6%||3 PT: 38.6%|
Strengths: Outside shooting, Length/Size, Efficiency
Weaknesses: 1 year as as starter, Setting up teammates
Shayok has had an interesting journey to get where he is today in his basketball life. Starting his college career at Virginia under Tony Bennett, he never received the minutes necessary to put up major numbers, as well as playing in a system that isn’t designed to score a lot of points. In his junior season, his best at UVA, Shayok averaged 8.9 points per game in 20 minutes on the floor, while shooting 32.8% percent from behind the arc on 1.7 attempts. Electing to transfer to Iowa State and use a year to improve his game, he exploded this past season averaging 18.7 points to go with 4.9 rebounds in 32.9 minutes per game. The usual case with increased usage is to see a players efficiency go down, but as a senior he was more efficient than he was at Virginia in many regards, with an improved 38.6% on three pointers as his attempts increased to 5.4 per contest. This is a sign of his improvement during his year sitting out, but also his under utilized skill set and potential while playing in Charlottesville, with the scheme playing a role as well. Whether he is creating his own shot or coming off a screen, he can catch and shoot and pull up off of the dribble, in the mid range as well as behind the arc. Using his quickness to get by defenders is something he is capable of, and it is an area of his game that could be more effective if he gets to the line more than his 3.6 attempts per game, which he shot at an 87.8%. Not a great jumper, but his vertical is adequate, which is made easier from his length boasting a 6’11” wingspan. He has good size at 6’6″, which along with his skill set and length make him the prototypical body type that the league wants in a player who will be positioned on the wing. In the open court he has good speed and quickness, as well as above average ball handling, if he gets his chance he will fit in perfectly with the fast pace of the NBA. Ultimately, even though it is only one season, there were few players as efficient as Shayok in college basketball with the type of usage he received.
Having only one year under his belt with significant usage and minutes is concerning, especially when you are talking about a 5th year senior and not a younger player who could be viewed as a project. He has shown the ability to pass the ball and set up teammates, however this is something that he can improve as a professional. With the small sample size, his age will be considered a negative due to the fact he will be multiple years older than some already flourishing NBA players. Nonetheless, he proved he was undervalued at Virginia, and that his scoring abilities give him a shot to play at the professional level, whether that is the G League, the NBA, or overseas.
This play shows you his end to end speed, and the ability to finish with contact:
Here is Marial Shayok going coast-to-coast for the basket and the foul! pic.twitter.com/kAUnsg0ivf— Iowa State Men’s Basketball (@CycloneMBB) November 13, 2018
We currently have Shayok projected as a mid to late second round pick, with the possibility of going undrafted. Usually seniors in the draft are seen as a known commodity with 4 years under their belt, but his limited time being a focal point of an offense make it hard to evaluate how his game translates to the next level. That could lead to teams wanting to see him overseas or in the G League before taking a chance, however he has shown that he should be in the conversation once the second round gets going. His ceiling as a professional is a solid all around player on the wing, who can knock down the open shot with efficiency, giving a team quality minutes off the bench. His worst case scenario would be not getting an opportunity to play in the NBA, possibly a short lived one, where he is not able to score at the level needed to stay on the floor leading to his career being played overseas and the G League.