Two Cyclone seniors invited to Portsmouth Invitational


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The Iowa State Men’s Basketball team huddle up during the Iowa State vs Oklahoma State basketball game on Jan. 19 in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones defeated the Cowboys 72-59.

Aaron Marner

Their playing careers at Iowa State are over, but redshirt senior guards Marial Shayok and Nick Weiler-Babb aren’t done with basketball.

Iowa State announced Wednesday afternoon that Shayok and Weiler-Babb were invited to attend the Portsmouth Invitational from April 17-20 in Portsmouth, Virginia.

The Portsmouth Invitational consists of 64 seniors from across college basketball. The 64 players are divided into eight teams, after which they play in front of NBA scouts.

Shayok averaged 18.7 points per game in his lone season as a Cyclone after playing three years for Virginia. He shot 49.6 percent from the floor, 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 87.8 percent from the free throw line.

Shayok was named first team All-Big 12 after the season and was named Most Outstanding Player at the Big 12 Tournament after Iowa State defeated Kansas in the final.

Weiler-Babb transferred to Iowa State after one season at Arkansas. He won two Big 12 Tournaments in his Cyclone career and led the team in assists each of his last two years.

Weiler-Babb averaged 9.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game as a senior.