23-year-old guard takes step toward becoming Ottawa’s 1st NBA player
CBC News · Posted: Jun 21, 2019 6:51 AM ET |
“It was a dream come true. It’s something, obviously, I’ve been dreaming about since I was a kid,” said Shayok as he was about to board a plane to head to the United States to start his new career, less than 12 hours after getting the news of his draft.
“A lot of kids dream and few make it a reality.”
Basketball is in Shayok’s blood. His brother, sister and father all play the sport and he grew up playing with the neighbourhood kids in the Walkley and Russell roads area of Ottawa.
He also credited Matthew Koeslag, his former coach at St. Patrick’s, and his high school teammates for helping him get to where he is.