Iowa State senior guard Nick Weiler-Babb protects the ball while being guarded TCU senior guard Alex Robinson Jr. during the second half of the Iowa State vs TCU men’s basketball game held in Hilton Coliseum Feb. 9. The Horned Frogs defeated the Cyclones 92-83 despite a surge from Iowa State in the last quarter.

Although their Iowa State playing careers are over, two former Cyclone guards represented the school at the Portsmouth Invitational over the weekend in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Marial Shayok, playing for Portsmouth Sports Club, and Nick Weiler-Babb, playing for Portsmouth Partnership, started every game for their respective team.

The Portsmouth Invitational (PIT) has been around since 1953, giving 64 college seniors each year a chance to showcase their talents in front of NBA scouts.

One of the scouts in attendance was former NBA forward Antawn Jamison, who was hired in October 2017 to be a scout for the Los Angeles Lakers.

"[The PIT] gives them an opportunity to showcase their talents," Jamison said. "This is like every scout, every agent possible that can make their lives better ... if you're a guy who gets this opportunity, you have to take advantage of it because it really sets you up for the rest of your life."


Shayok had a monster first game, scoring a game-high 37 points.

With his team trailing 94-91 with less than 20 seconds left, Shayok took over. He drilled a game-tying 3-pointer with nine seconds left to send it to overtime.

Then, Shayok topped it off with the winning 3-pointer with five seconds left when his team trailed by one in the extra period. Shayok shot 13-of-26 (7-of-9 from three) and grabbed seven rebounds. Shayok had all six points in overtime for Portsmouth Sports Club.


Redshirt senior guard Marial Shayok sizes up Kansas' Marcus Garrett during the Iowa State vs. Kansas basketball in Allen Fieldhouse Jan. 21. The Jayhawks defeated the Cyclones 80-76.

Facing his former teammate in game two, Shayok struggled to find the same scoring rhythm.

He finished with four points on 1-of-12 shooting, but he chipped in with a game-high seven assists with zero turnovers. Six of his assists came after halftime when Portsmouth Sports Club was mounting a comeback, which ultimately fell short. Weiler-Babb's Portsmouth Partnership team walked away with an 83-71 victory.

In his final game of the tournament, Shayok had 10 points (5-of-14 shooting) and a team-high nine rebounds. His team lost by 92-87 to end the tournament.

Shayok's efforts didn't go unnoticed, as he was named to the All-Tournament Team when the event ended.


Nick Weiler-Babb wasn't named to the All-Tournament Team like Shayok, but his team ended up with the championship.

With a loaded roster that included tournament MVP Chris Clemons, Weiler-Babb took a secondary scoring role. He chose to facilitate and rebound instead, leading his team in assists all three games.

He started the tournament with a balanced game, going for eight points, six rebounds and six assists in his team's tournament opener.

Facing his former teammate in game two, Weiler-Babb was held to two points. His five assists were the most on his team and ranked second in the game behind only Shayok.

Weiler-Babb saved his best for last. In the championship, the 6-foot-5 guard was on triple-double watch as he ended with seven points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in 29 minutes. He drilled two 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the game, the latter of which sparked a 20-9 run.

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