Blair (N.J.) Academy wing Marial Shayok took an official to Virginia this past weekend and will next trip to Marquette the weekend of Sept. 28, Blair coach Joe Mantegna told SNY.tv.
Mantegna said the 6-foot-6 Shayok “liked” the UVA visit, which occurred the same weekend Tony Bennett’s club got a verbal pledge from 6-8 Atlanta forward Isaiah Wilkins.
During his time at the Nike Global Challenge in July, Shayok was appreciative that Marquette coach Buzz Williams was in the stands.
“Yeah, yeah it makes me feel real good,” Shayok said, adding of Marquette. “Also playing wise. The transition, the way they play their offense real fast I feel like it fits my game.”
Mantegna said Shayok will conduct school visits next week once the contact period begins with Minnesota, USC, Seton Hall and BC.
Also, 2014 Blair forward Elijah Burns visited Syracuse this weekend for their Elite Camp.
“Elijah is a young player who is just beginning to realize his vast potential,” Mantegna said.
“He is a versatile four man who can draw bigs away from the hoop and shoot and pass on the perimeter and who is big and physical enough to punish smaller players around the rim. I foresee him being a matchup issue in high school and in college.”
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