Anyone associated with the Iowa State men’s basketball program, or anyone that has spent time at the Sukup Basketball Complex for that matter, can tell you about the incredible amount of work Marial Shayok put in during his redshirt season.
Nothing has changed as Shayok continues the grind during his senior season. Despite playing 32.5 minutes per game for the 24th-ranked Cyclones, you are virtually assured to find Shayok hoisting up shots in the morning, right before and immediately after practice each day.
The Cyclones and head coach Steve Prohm had an idea of what to expect from Shayok when he arrived after transferring from Virginia, but the Ottawa, Ontario native has surpassed what anyone could expect.
“You don’t know a guy’s work ethic until they actually get here, but his work ethic is off the charts,” Prohm said. “He’s in (the gym) religiously. I’d put him up there with the Matt Thomas, Naz Long, (Georges) Niang. Guys that are in here and have just an unbelievable desire to get better.
Shot after shot after shot, Shayok works on nearly every possible situation that could occur.
And that diligence to his craft has paid off.
He’s leading the Big 12 in scoring with 19.8 points, while shooting 50.9 percent on field goals, 40 percent behind the arc and 86.1 percent on free throws. He’s leading the Cyclones back toward the top of the Big 12 after a down 2017-18, which saw them miss the postseason for the first time in seven seasons.
Big 12 Leading Scorers
Nearly two-thirds through the regular season, Shayok has already posted the best point total and rebound total in his career and is on pace to post a season that historically has rarely been matched.
By The Numbers
Since 2009-10, just seven players (nine times) have averaged at least 19 points while shooting at the levels of 50-40-85 like Shayok is currently doing. Only three of those players came from nation’s top-6 conferences, including only Buddy Hield from the Big 12 Conference during his player of the year season.
In ISU history, only Fred Hoiberg reached these marks, doing so during his junior season in 1993-94, when the Cyclones were a part of the Big Eight Conference.
Players with 19 ppg at 50-40-85 (since 2009-10)
Doug McDermott (Creighton), 2012-13 & 2013-14
Buddy Hield (Oklahoma), 2015-16
Mike Daum (SDSU), 2016-17
Zeek Woodley (Northwestern State), 2015-16 &2016-17
Shane Gibson (Sacred Heart), 2011-12
Luke Babbitt (Nevada), 2009-10
Jerian Grant (Notre Dame), 2013-14
*Shayok and Hofstra’s Justin Wright-Foreman are the only players nationally at the marks this season. Grant (12 games) and Woodley (14 games in 2016-17) played in less than 50 percent of their team’s games.
Most Points By A Cyclone, First 19 Games (Since 2010-11)
1. Marial Shayok (2018-19), 376
2. Georges Niang (2015-16), 366
Only four Big 12 players have scored more points in the season’s first 19 games (since 2010-11) than Shayok: Frank Mason (2016-17), 382; LaceDarius Dunn (2010-11), 390; Buddy Hield (2015-16), 492; Trae Young (2017-18), 575
15-Point Games (Players In Nation’s Top-6 Conferences)
1. Carsen Edwards (Purdue), 18
2. Marial Shayok (Iowa State), 17
R.J. Barrett (Duke), 17
Markus Howard (Marquette), 17
Myles Powell (Seton Hall), 17
Shayok has been at his best in ISU’s two games against Kansas:
18-30 FG (60%)
8-13 3FG (61.5%)
Catch Shayok and the Cyclones Saturday at 11 a.m. (CT) on ESPN against Mississippi in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
From the preseason: Shayok Ready To Lead