Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Marial Shayok is one of the most athletic wings in the Class of 2014, and he says a few schools are currently working the hardest for his services.
The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Canadian who plays for Blair (N.J.) Academy listed West Virginia, Providence, Boston College, St. Louis, VCU and Cincinnati in that group.
“Those schools are coming at me the hardest right now,” he told SNY.tv Wednesday.
Minnesota, Villanova, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Kansas State are also in the mix.
Shayok said he hasn’t decided on any visits and won’t until August.
Before then, he will play with the CIA Bounce AAU team and also hopes to make the Canadian U19 team for this summer’s FIBA U19 World Championship for Men, which runs June 27-July 7 in Prague.
Training for the U19 team begins Sunday in Toronto, and is expected to include Kansas commit Andrew Wiggins and Syracuse-bound Tyler Ennis.
As for Shayok, Blair coach Joe Mantegna says he has “tons of upside as his jumper improves.”
“He can be a top-flight competitor with his elite mental makeup,” he said.
CIA Bounce coach Tony McIntyre added: “He’s an outstanding scorer. He’s a long , athletic, hard-worker with a great body and can score in a variety of ways.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.