Tuesday, February 17, 2015

7'3" Chol Marial: The Biggest Thing in Middle School Hoops - Literally

P2bball.com attempts to introduce America to the most elite and upcoming youth basketball players in the nation.  In out travels we have seen and evaluated a multitude of talented players who are poised to make an impact on the next level and beyond.  

There are instances in which we anticipate a high level of success well beyond the middle school level; but seldom has there been an instance where we will formally document a position where we feel pro potential is part of that consideration.

This is one those instances and today is one of those days – P2Bball.com would like to introduce the nation to a player positioned to make impact two to three levels up.  Meet 7’3" 8th grader Chol Marial from South Sudan.   The 7’3 super prospect born November 1, 1999 is now 14 years old and possesses a 21 inch vertical leap along with a jaw dropping  7’11” wing span and comes with a list of achievements that is as impressive as his height and length.
Chol Marial at age 14 already starts for the South Sudan 16U National Team and was the leading rebounder and shot blocker in the in U16 international East Africa Friendly Tournament held in Kenya.  Prior to that Chol was selected to participate in the 2013 NBA/FIBA Basketball Without Borders Africa, South Africa event where he impressed the scout in attendance.  In 2014 he made the All-Star Team at the MENA Basketball Showcase which pitted the Middle East vs. North Africa.  

All this was prior to Marial coming to Florida were he attends and plays varsity for West Oak Academy.  At 216lbs Marial’s frame is already impressive and he putting on weight and muscle as he works with a select group of trainers and skill developers.  His movements are maybe the most the most impressive aspect of his game as he shows immense agility and athleticism for a player his size.  He boast solid mechanics on this shot that ranges consistently from 12 to 15 feet and he is more than confident to let is fly and hits it with nice consistency.  

There is no physical specimen with this type of skill set anywhere in the country and we make this statement with confidence.  What makes this extra special and extra scary for the rest of the United States is that he is being teamed with possible the next biggest and next best post prospect in the class Balsa Koprivica the 6’11”, 245lbs Serbian as part of Team Florida.  Team Florida will be making their appearance on the national scene in a few weeks in the DC Metropolitan Area in the first session of the NYBL – giving them easily the tallest front line in the nation in the class of 2019.  With a potential relationship with 6’9” Jared Jones, also out of Florida, point against them will be at a premium and match-up problems may be the understatement of the year.  

Chol Marial isn’t just big, he is athletic and can play – he is a basketball player in every sense of the word and one that P2Bball.com regardless of anyones feelings on middle school level rankings - projects to have pro potential.Yes we said it and yes we will standby it – remember who said it and where you heard it first 8 years from now.  8th grader Chol Marial is the real deal and will dominate the circuit immediately; he’s already been doing it multiple levels up prior to now and his domination will only increase as he “grows”. 

The P2BBall.com Future Star Guarantee most certainly applies here.

1 comment:

  1. Utah hosts it's own 7'3 8th grader with a 22 inch vertical. He is a legit 14 year old born here in the usa. Let's get these two against each other our on the same front line!