Ottawa’s Marial Shayok is among five finalists for the 2019 Julius Erving Award, which honours the best small forward in NCAA basketball.
Shayok is averaging 18.7 points per game as a senior at Iowa State, second-highest in the Big 12.
He is also one of the NCAA’s most efficient shooters — 49.7 per cent from the field and 39 per cent from three-point range.
Shayok is in his first season at Iowa State after sitting out the 2017-18 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules.
He started his NCAA career at Virginia and played three seasons there, averaging less than 10 points per game in limited minutes.
Shayok prepped at Ottawa’s St. Patrick’s High School and later at Blair Academy in New Jersey, and was named New Jersey Prep Player of the Year as a high school senior.
He represented Canada at the 2012 U17 World Championships in Lithuania and played with future NBA lottery picks Andrew Wiggins and Trey Lyles on a Canadian team that finished second at the 2012 Nike Global Challenge.
Iowa State is fifth in the Big 12 this season with a 9-8 conference record and 20-10 overall. The team is riding a two-game losing streak.
“Our urgency is extremely high,” Shayok told the Des Moins Register on Monday.
“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’re supposed to be playing our best basketball of the season, and I think we will be. Time is dwindling down.”
Go Cat Go! Walter McCarthy’s Evansville Ace’s Kentucky Alma Mater
Before starring in Spike Lee’s ‘He Got Game’ with Denzel Washington and Ray Allen. Before starring in the NBA with the storied Boston Celtics. Before forging a post playing career as an R&B star. Triple-threat, triple-teamed, Robert Horry like with the clutch triple, off the bench, role playing great Walter McCarty won a National Championship with John Calipari’s U.K., University of Kentucky Wildcats, cutting down nets.
Twenty three years later with Coach Cap’s head in his hands in an indelible image, COACH Walter McCarty aced an upset in the NCAA with an epic win for his Evansville boys against his legendary Kentucky Wildcats alma mater.
Once an alumnus, always an alumni.
But last night it was tears of champagne joy he shed as the cats out their cradle cried.
All this madness…and we’re still a long way from March.
But the Evansville Aces keep marching in a purple haze with this ace in the hole.
And it all happened at the legendary Rupp Arena for these two teams first ever match-up.
When Walt continued his Celtics career post-playing days by becoming an assistant coach in Boston, he not only soaked up the experience but he also was such a cult icon in the city he had his very own ‘I Love Waltah’ t-shirts for the fans in the stands (that even this purple and gold Laker fan rocked…we go back some). But last night as he bounded into the locker room his shirt and tie where soaked in bubbly as he bounded around with his team, embraced in jubilant joy and the made dreams of some young men looking to grow in this college game.
And how about this for a coming of age?
Kentucky where looking for the perfect season with their latest NBA prospects this year for a college that sends them all to the big leagues (Anthony Davis, Rajon Rondo, DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall and of course…our man Walt), but Evansville left their mark and their one on history.
Nobody deserves it more than McCarty and his boys.
And for all the teams to beat. This is Basketball God poetic. Walt Whitman couldn’t have wrote it better for Walt McCarty.
Ending his teams 39 game winning streak just like that, Calipari said of Walt’s men, “Walter and their team deserved to win. If we would have somehow pulled it out, it would have been, kind of wouldn’t even have been fair because they fought us the whole game and they were the tougher team.”
And as McCarty tells is, “this is the top”!
Beating the first seed U.K., we all know whose number one tonight.
For the aces.
Canadian Nate Darling 37-point explosion keeps Delaware unbeaten at 4-0
Canadian sharpshooter Nate Darling (Bedford, NS) wrapped-up an excellent opening NCAA week with a 37-point career-high explosion to help the Delaware Blue Hens win the 2019 Sunshine Slam tournament.
The Blue Hens defeat the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Road Runners 91-79 to remain unbeaten at 4-0 for the first time since 1999-2000.
Darling buried 12-of-19 field goals, including 8-of-10 triples and 5-of-6 free-throws in 40 minutes of action in the non-conference win.
“I got in the zone where the ball was constantly going in, and was just living in the moment. I’ve built confidence in myself and my teammates, and Kevin and Ryan take the pressure off me as well. UTSA started doubling me and Kevin really took over down the stretch, so kudos to him.”
The Bedford, Nova Scotia native connected on 19 first-half points and caught fire in the second-half by scoring the Blue Hens first 18 points of the half — increasing his total to 37 points with 10:28 in remaining in the game.
The 6’5″ red-shirt junior transferred from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) after two seasons and scored 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting, plus 6 rebounds in the Blue Hens win over Oakland Golden Grizzlies. The former Nova Scotia basketball standout was equally impressive with 20 points and 6 rebounds in the win over the Southern Illinois Salukis.
Darling averaged 25.7 points per game, shot 26-of-49 (53%) from the floor and knocked down 17-of-27 (63%) triples on his way to be being named MVP of the tournament. Fellow Canadian guard Kevin Kangu (Burlington, Ont.) was also named to the all-tournament team.
The Blues will look to keep their perfect start alive when they take on the Lafayette Leopards on November 16.
Oregon’s Freshman Addison Patterson drops perfect game in blow-out win
Canadian freshman Addison Patterson (Milton, Ont.) took full advantage of his minutes in the Oregon Ducks 116-75 blow-out win over the Boise State Broncos.
Patterson rebounded from a poor NCAA collegiate debut with a perfect shooting game — scoring 17 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the floor — adding 4 rebounds and 3-of-4 makes from the foul-line before fouling out in 18 minutes.
Patterson scored 12 of his 17 points in the second-half and did a great job moving the ball and staying aggressive on the offensive end.
The four-star recruit went scoreless in 8 minutes in the Ducks opening 71-57 win over Fresno State Bulldogs.
The No. 15 Oregon Ducks improve to 2-0 and are poised to be a top 25 team after being selected as the best team in the always competitive Pac 12.
Patterson fast tracked his development by reclassifying from the class of 2020 to join a loaded Ducks squad that features one of the best recruiting classes in the Dana Altman era.