Two-Way Tracker: Meet New 76ers Forward Marial Shayok

By Jake Winderman | August 2, 2019

Player: Marial Shayok

College: Virginia (2014-2017), Iowa State (2018-19)

Height/Weight: 6-foot-6, 197 pounds

NBA Team/NBA G League Affiliate: Philadelphia 76ers/Delaware Blue Coats

College Breakdown: Shayok spent his first three collegiate seasons at Virginia before finishing up his final year of eligibility at Iowa State, where he won the 2019 Big 12 Tournament and was the tournament MVP. He was a 2019 AP Honorable Mention All-American and was named to the 2019 All-Big 12 First Team after averaging 18.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game on 49.6% shooting from the field and 38.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Shayok ranked 2nd in the Big 12 in points per game and third in field goal percentage during the 2018-19 season, 3rd in defensive rating and 5th in 3-point field goals made and player efficiency rating. The Ottawa-native totaled 16 games of 20+ points during his senior campaign and hit at least 3 three-pointers in 15 contests.

Scouting Report: Shayok projects to be a prime 3&D at the next level with a lengthy 7-foot wingspan and 8-foot-7.5-inch standing reach. His 3-point shot has been consistent his entire college career, hitting at least 38% of his shots from beyond the arc in three of four collegiate seasons. Shayok fills passing lanes well on defense and always brings a high-motor to the floor. His defensive versatility allows him to switch onto most players off of pick-and-rolls with the length to swat shots and deter lay-ups at the rim. Shayok has also made steady improvements as a low-post defender during his four years in the NCAA.

Organizational Fit: Shayok will join a group of 76ers wings including Tobias Harris, James Ennis III, Shake Milton, Josh Richardson, Zhaire Smith and Matisse Thybulle. After spending four years in college, Shayok has the physical build and athletic prowess to jump into NBA competition right away unlike some of his younger 2019 NBA Draft colleagues. 3&D’s are some of the most valuable role-playing assets in today’s league, giving Shayok a leg up on some of his competition with a more than consistent 3-point shot and loads of defensive versatility. His ability to space the floor with Ben Simmons running the point will also contribute to his case for early playing time in Philadelphia.

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