On July 7, Marial Shayok '14 signed a two-way contract with the Philadelphia 76ers after being selected 54th overall in the 2019 NBA draft. The contract allows Marial to spend 45 days with the NBA team, and he earned it by scoring an average of 16.5 points in his first two NBA Summer League games.
Marial played for three years at the University of Virginia, where he was the sixth man and second-leading scorer for the Cavaliers, averaging 8.9 points. Finishing his college career at Iowa State University, Marial was named ISU's fifth Big 12 All-Tournament Team's Most Outstanding Player, seventh overall conference tournament MVP and the Cyclone's leading scorer.
"Marial was obviously a great player at Blair who did whatever it took to win, while often sacrificing personal accolades for the betterment of the team," said Joe Mantegna, Blair's head boys' basketball coach. "That said, he has always had a stated goal of being a professional basketball player at the highest level, and his perspiration matched his aspirations. Marial dedicated himself fully to his goal during his five-year college tenure. While many said he could not be a pro, he continued to work relentlessly, until he finally broke out in his final year at Iowa State. It is a great example of what can be accomplished from unwavering self-belief and an uncommon drive toward greatness. I have so much respect for Marial as a person and as a relentlessly driven athlete. I could not think of a more deserving person to be Blair's fourth alum drafted into the NBA."