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Monday / February 24.
  • Chol Marial visits Maryland, targeting decision in next few weeks

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    The long and winding recruitment of Chol Marial appears  to be coming to a close.

    The 7-foot-2 native of South Sudan completed an official visit to Maryland this weekend and is expected to decide within the next month or so, AZ Compass assistant Pete Kaffey said.

    SMU is among the other schools involved for Marial, who was once considered an NBA lottery pick but has been hampered by injuries and inactivity in recent years.

    “Offensively, he’s kind of like a [Kristaps] Porzingis because he can stretch the floor and shoot threes,” Kaffey said earlier this year. “He can get in the paint and he has good movement. And his passing vision, I think that’s one thing that people like about him because he can pass the ball.”

    According to 247Sports, Marial is ranked No. 131 nationally and is the No. 26 center.

    For more on Marial, read my feature on Forbes.com from November.

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    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.