Senior guard Marial Shayok was selected by the Sixers in the second round. How does he project into the NBA and how does he fit with the Philadelphia 76ers?

Fun Fact: Marial Shayok modeled his game after Penny Hardaway

Marial Shayok the College Player

Marial Shayok, born in Ottawa, Canada, was a 3 star recruit who received offers from Boston College, Virginia, Cincinnati, and Georgia. Sports run deep in the Shayok household. Marial’s father played basketball at Dayton while his sister Yar, who was named to the Horizon League All-Defensive Team, played at Detroit. Marial participated in the 2012 Nike Global Challenge for Team Canada alongside Andrew Wiggins, Tyler Ennis, and Trey Lyles in high school.

It’s been quite the journey for Marial Shayok. His high school career took him from Canada to Blair Academy in New Jersey. Originally committing to Marquette, Marial took his talents to Virginia for 3 years, where he only averaged 16.7 minutes per game as a Junior. Marial decided to transfer to Iowa State for more playing time and to show that he can be a primary scorer. After an excellent senior season with the Cyclones, Marial got an invite to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a showcase for the best seniors in college basketball.

In his one year at Iowa State, Marial was named 1st Team 2018-19 All-Big 12 and shined on the biggest stage. He was named 1st Team All-Big 12 Tournament and Big-12 Tournament MVP after averaging 18 points per game and knocking off Kansas in the Conference Final. Despite his 23 points and 3 steals, Iowa State lost to Ohio State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

He finished second in the Big-12 in points per game (18.7) and 4th in true shooting percentage (61.2%). He had the 3rd highest usage rate in the Big-12 (28.2%) and was known as a very efficient offensive player. Marial showed tremendous progress offensively with the Cyclones, especially at creating off the dribble and scoring in iso situations. Shayok showed everyone in college that he can be an offensive weapon, as he finished with the 3rd most points in the Big-12 (637).

Here is our Ultimate Marial Shayok Highlight Reel from his senior season at Iowa State.

Marial Shayok’s Strengths

Shooting: The majority of Shayok’s offense came from iso-derived drives and pull up jump shots. Marial shot nearly 39 percent from three on 5.4 attempts per game with the Cyclones last season. Overall, Shayok has made 126 of 331 three point shots during his college career (38.1%). Shayok was also lights out from the free throw line. He made 87.8% of his free throws on 3.6 free throw attempts per game. Marial’s confidence with his shot allows him to be a threat in iso scoring situations.

Defense and Physical Profile: As you can see in our Marial Shayok Ultimate Highlight Reel, Shayok’s length and great basketball IQ allow him to generate steals and anticipate passes in the passing lanes. He’s got a high motor and quick feet. Shayok’s shuttle run (3.04 seconds) ranked in the top 5 among small forwards at the 2019 NBA Draft Combine. He’s got a 38” vertical, a 7’ wingspan, and had the 13th fastest lane agility time at the Combine. These measurements should allow Marial Shayok to develop into a solid 3&D guard/wing for the Sixers.

Marial Shayok’s Weaknesses

Like a Fine Wine: Marial Shayok will turn 24 in July and is not the ‘upside’ guy NBA teams typically fall in love with in the NBA Draft. When Marial steps onto the court for the first time with the 76ers, he will be older than Jonah Bolden, Haywood Highsmith, Shake Milton, Ben Simmons, Zhaire Smith and Matisse Thybulle.

Vision, Rebounding, & Finishing Through Contact: Marial Shayok should not and will not be considered a point guard prospect. He struggles at finishing through contact and creating for others. At times last season, Shayok was seen putting his head down and failing at drawing contact. He’s not a great rebounder and not a playmaker.

Marial Shayok’s Fit with the 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers need versatile defenders that can shoot, and Marial Shayok seems to be a natural fit. Shayok was a late bloomer that got his opportunity at Iowa State and thrived. The Sixers desperately lack scoring in the backcourt, and Shayok is widely considered an offensive prospect that can get buckets efficiently. Marial Shayok has been recently working out in LA with Chris Johnson, the same guy who trains Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons.

What to Expect Next Year

I expect Marial Shayok to get most of his minutes with the Delaware Blue Coats next season. After watching his tape, I think the Blue Coats will utilize his skillset similar to how Connor Johnson utilized Jared Brownridge last year: lots of shooting off screens and providing spot up shooting from three. With his maturity, high motor, and floor spacing, Shayok has a real opportunity to make a name for himself during the Summer League next week.