Marial Shayok

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Marial Shayok
MARIAL SHAYOK (cropped).jpg
Shayok with the Virginia Cavaliers
No. 35 – Philadelphia 76ers
PositionShooting guard
Personal information
Born (1995-07-26) July 26, 1995 (age 23)
Ottawa, Ontario
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school
NBA draft2019 / Round: 2 / Pick: 54th pick
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019–presentPhiladelphia 76ers
2019–presentDelaware Blue Coats
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Marial Makur Shayok (born July 26, 1995) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the Delaware Blue Coats of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the Virginia Cavaliers and Iowa State Cyclones.

Early life[edit]

Shayok was born in Ottawa, Ontario to Sudanese father Makur and mother Hellena. Makur had some basketball talent himself — the native of Sudan played at the University of Dayton, before getting paid to play overseas. He has four siblings, including two who played college basketball in the NCAA. His sister Yar played for the University of Detroit Mercy, then signing with a pro team in France, while his older brother Shayok played at the IMG Academy and later at Bradley University.[1]

Marial started playing basketball at the age of seven, sometimes on the playgrounds, sometimes at the YMCA, learning and honing his game alongside local legends like Greg Carter. Growing up his favourite players Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant,Kevin Durant Penny Hardaway and Dwyane Wade, all whom play the shooting guard position as he attempts to replicate them on the court.[1]

High school career[edit]

Shayok attended Blair Academy, where he was coached by Joe Mantegna. He was a First Team All-Prep selection by The Star-Ledger.[2] Coming out of high school, Shayok signed with Marquette but never played for the team.[3]

College career[edit]

As a freshman at Virginia, Shayok averaged 3.8 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. The following season, he averaged 4.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.[4] Shayok posted 8.9 points and 2.4 rebounds per game for the Cavaliers as a junior, shooting 44 percent from the field and 33 percent from 3-point range. He scored 23 points in Virginia’s victory in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against the UNC Wilmington Seahawks. Following the season, Shayok opted to transfer and signed with Iowa State on April 19, 2017.[5]

Shayok scored 24 points in a 77-60 win over Kansas on January 5, 2019.[6] On January 7, Shayok was named Big 12 Player of the Week.[7] In the semifinals of the Big 12 Conference Tournament, the redshirt senior hit a pair of big 3-pointers in the final two minutes to help five-seed Iowa State topped top seed Kansas State 63-59. Shayok finished with a game-high 21 points, helping the Cyclones battle back from a five-point deficit with 2 minutes, 47 seconds remaining. None were bigger than the final two Shayok hit.[8] On March 16, 2019, in the finals of the Big 12 Conference Tournament, Shayok scored 15 points in a 78-66 win over Kansas and was named the Big 12 Tournament MVP to add to being named First-team All-Big 12.[9]

On day two of the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Shayok stole the show as he scored 37 points, including a three-pointer to force overtime for his team, as well as the game-winning shot in OT. He was 7-of-9 from three-point range and also had 7 rebounds. [10] He was later named as part of the PIT All-Tournament Team.

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


2014–15 Virginia 34 1 14.6 .405 .380 .630 1.8 1.0 .6 .3 3.8
2015–16 Virginia 35 8 15.0 .492 .436 .548 1.9 1.1 .3 .1 4.3
2016–17 Virginia 34 14 20.6 .445 .328 .796 2.4 1.0 .9 .3 8.9
2018–19 Iowa State 34 34 32.9 .496 .386 .878 4.9 2.0 .9 .2 18.7
Career 137 57 20.7 .470 .381 .787 2.7 1.3 .7 .2 8.9


  1. ^ a b Baines, Tim (November 8, 2013). "Marial Shayok follows family tradition after landing a scholarship to Marquette University". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  2. ^ "Boys basketball: Marial Shayok of Blair Academy commits to Marquette". The Star-Ledger. October 18, 2013. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  3. ^ Peterson, Randy (January 23, 2019). "What's this about Marial Shayok's very lofty 50-40-90 goal?". Des Moines Register. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  4. ^ Birch, Tommy (January 16, 2018). "Virginia transfer Shayok hoping to thrive in Iowa State's system next season". Des Moines Register. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Peterson, Randy (April 19, 2017). "Iowa State hoops lands Virginia transfer Marial Shayok". Des Moines Register. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "Virginia transfer Shayok flourishing for Iowa State". The Daily Progress. Associated Press. January 7, 2019. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  7. ^ Visser, Ben (January 7, 2019). "Marial Shayok, the Big 12's leading scorer, personifies gym-rat mentality at Iowa State". The Gazette. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  8. ^ Birch, Tommy (March 15, 2019). "A look at Marial Shayok's two big shots that helped Iowa State to the Big 12 title game". Des Moines Register. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  9. ^ na, na (March 10, 2019). "Iowa State's Shayok All-Big 12 first-team". Des Moines Register. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  10. ^ Parsons, Brian (April 18, 2019). "Marial steals the show at the PIT". WAVY-TV. Retrieved April 18, 2019.

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