5-Star Feature: Chol Marial - AZ Compass Prep Center

Discover the extraordinary journey of Shoa Mario, a remarkable high school athlete hailing from South Sudan. Standing tall at an impressive 7 feet 2 inches, Shoa has captivated audiences with his incredible basketball skills across prestigious prep schools in Connecticut, Florida, and Arizona. Despite being far from his family, Shoa's unwavering determination and positive spirit drive him to seize every opportunity that comes his way in the United States. Shoa's path to basketball stardom wasn't always clear. Initially drawn to soccer, it was his older brother's relentless encouragement that led him to explore basketball. However, it was a life-changing experience at a basketball Without Borders event in South Africa that truly transformed his perspective. The chance to meet esteemed NBA players like Chris Paul and Dikembe Mutombo ignited a fire within him, and he instantly fell head over heels for the sport. Ever since that moment, Shoa has been on a relentless pursuit of excellence, tirelessly honing his skills with some of the finest coaches the US has to offer.