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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — After somewhat of a slow start at the Nike Global Challenge, Marial Shayok heated up toward the end.
In the fifth-place game on Saturday, the Canadian wing went for 22 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals in Canada’s 104-79 rout of Pan-Africa.
Before that, he went for 15 points and 11 rebounds in an 88-72 win over France.
In two games prior to that against American opponents, he managed just 9 points and 8 rebounds combined.
The 6-foot-6 Shayok ended up making the International All-Tournament team for his late push.
As far as recruiting, Shayok said the schools recruiting him “the hardest right now [are] Marquette, Cincinnati and Boston College and that’s about it.”
Marquette coach Buzz Williams was in the stands this weekend.
“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.”
As for BC, Shayok doesn’t know much about them other than that fellow Canadian “Olivier [Hanlan] goes there and he’s done well there.”
On Cincinnati, “They just play really aggressive and I like that.”
Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard and associate head coach Shaheen Holloway were also watching him.
“I don’t really konw much about them but theyr’e recruiting me also,” he said.
The rising senior at Blair (N.J.) Academy said he’s planning “a couple East Coast visits” with his dad before school starts and wants to visit Seton Hall, Rutgers and Villanova.
“A fast school, transition, a place where the coach is going to stay there my whole college career,” he said of what he wants. “Just a place where I can get better.”
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.