AMES — The Iowa State men’s basketball team is tasked with replacing nearly one third of its roster this offseason.
The first domino in that effort has fallen into place in the form of a sit-out transfer.
Virginia transfer Marial Shayok signed a financial aid agreement and has been added to the roster, the school announced Friday. The 6-foot-5, 196-pound guard will sit out the 2017-18 season per NCAA rules, and have one season to play in 2018-19.
“The first thing that stood out with Marial is that he comes from a program with a culture of winning and defending,” ISU Coach Steve Prohm said in a release. “He has been well coached and he understands the demands of winning at this level.
“Marial has great length and size. He is a player that can really defend. I think he is just tapping the surface of what he can do offensively. I’m really looking forward to seeing what he can do in transition and space on the offensive end.”
Shayok started 14 games last year as a junior and was the second-leading scorer for the Cavaliers, averaging 8.9 points in 20.6 minutes. The Ottawa, Ontario, native also was second on the team in steals (30).
Virginia utilizes a slow style of play, and was dead last in Division I basketball in adjusted tempo (59.1) and average possession length (21.3). Shayok was used on 25.6 percent of Virginia’s possessions and took 29.3 percent of the shots.
Shayok isn’t known as a 3-point shooter — he’s made 55 in three years — but has been efficient inside the arc, shooting 44.5 percent from the field as a junior. He scored a career-high 23 points against UNC-Wilmington in the NCAA tournament last month.
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When Virginia and Iowa State met in the Sweet 16 last season in Chicago, Shayok had 5 points and 5 rebounds in 22 minutes.
Shayok joins prep signees Lindell Wigginton, Darius McNeill and Terrence Lewis in the 2017 class. Iowa State still has three open scholarships for the 2017-18 season.
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