JUCO: Chipola’s Marial Mading exploring options, ready for Division 1 basketball

Photo Credit: Eric Bossi, Rivals.

The buzz surrounding Marianna (FL) Chipola College’s Marial Mading began in October of 2019 during the Mullen-Mitchell JUCO event. The 6-foot-10 forward landed offers from Oregon, Florida, Kansas, Texas A&M, others, then the schools kept filing in.

Although his season didn’t end how he wanted it, he’s proud of the hard work showed from him and his team. “Our season didn’t go as we planned it, it’s unfortunate but I learned a lot and got 10 times better over my year at Chipola. The season taught me a lot of lessons and challenged me to get better as a player.”

Mading, a native of Australia, burst onto the scene during the summer of 2018. Programs such as St. John’s, LSU, Oregon State, others checked out Mading that summer but he ultimately chose Rhode Island. He’d ended up arriving on campus early but never seeing the floor with URI as he decided to transfer.

Now, with Chipola, averaging 13.0 points on 43% shooting, Mading has kept programs involved all season long heading into March. “Schools include SDSU, Nevada, LSU, Cincinnati, UConn, Colorado, just to name a few,” he told Stockrisers.com. He said LSU recently reached out and will be in to see him soon.

In addition, he plans on starting the visit process once the NCAA tournament reaches an end later this month and into early-April. Mading also said that he’d like to make his college decision before May, likely due to the fact he’s expected to be on a campus this summer.

Finally, Mading said “The JUCO route was as advertised. A daily grind and challenging experience, but I’m glad I took this route because when I know that I’m more than ready for D1 basketball.” A motivated Mading should have more clarity on his recruitment as the weeks go by.

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