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Athletic, Versatile Wing To Arrive On Grounds Today

The University of Virginia will be the first official visit destination for senior Marial Shayok, a 6’6″, 210-pound wing guard/forward out of Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J. The official visit will take place this weekend, Blair head coach Joe Mantegna reports.

“He’s excited to see Virginia’s campus and he’s excited about Marquette,” Mantegna said. “In addition, he has offers from USC, Boston College, Cincinnati, Providence. If he pushes [his recruitment] out and others see how much he has improved, I think the list would grow, but right now he has a pretty good list of Division 1 offers.”

Shayok, a native of Ottawa (CAN), played for CIA Bounce on the Nike EYBL circuit this spring and summer. He is entering his second season at Blair Academy, where he has impressed with his skill and athletic ability. Mantegna likened the promising prospect’s game to that of NBA star Dwyane Wade.

“Of course I’m not calling him Dwyane Wade, but his game is kind of like that,” Mantegna said of Shayok.

“He’s really athletic and he has got a great skill-set. He can get to the basket. He can create his own shot, but he’s also an excellent passer.”

Shayok plays some point at Blair Academy. Where does he project on the major college level?

“In a pinch he can play the 1 through the 4 positions, but he’s a wing,” Mantegna said.

Shayok has a good frame and may not be finished growing just yet.

“His brother is 6’8″ and his father is 6’10”, and they both grew during their college years,” Mantegna noted.

In addition to Virginia, Shayok has also scheduled an official visit to Marquette the last weekend in September. Coach Mantegna has “no idea” when the versatile player will make his college choice.

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