Marial Mading, a class of 2019 wing at St. Maria Goretti, has probably as much upside as anyone in his class. At 6’8, he does so many different things on the court.
“I would describe myself as almost a 6’8 guard. Although I don’t necessarily play the guard position, I feel like I have the ability of a guard at 6’8. I also have a good perimeter shot,” Mading explained. “One things I do on the court that I feel most people don’t see, is making highly accurate passes. Passing might be overlooked but being able to deliver the ball exactly where your teammate needs it is super important.”
Mading is extremely versatile, and comes from a basketball family. His older brother, Daniel Mading, will be a freshman at Texas Tech this season. Mading understands that if he wants to play at that level, he will need to continue to work.
“In the last year I would say my biggest area of improvement is perhaps in the weight room. Just getting stronger and faster makes the game a lot easier,” he stated. “My Defense is something I am working on. Being a two way player has always been a goal of mine and I’m not going to lie and say that I’m a lock down defender because I’m not. However it’s a part of my game that I’m going to spend a lot of time on this summer.”
Right now, Mading has just one offer from Texas Tech. He is also receiving interest from the likes of Miami, Siena, Towson, Pittsburgh, California Berkeley, Mount St. Mary’s and Oregon State. What can he bring to a college program?
“A skilled 6’8 wing that can score and most importantly play defense. I feel like I can lead a college team.”