During his academic and athletic career from 2012-2016, Georges Niang distinguished himself as one of the most popular Iowa State University students in institutional history. His positive energy, charismatic personality, leadership acumen, dedication to success, and tremendous talent set him apart – as not only one of Iowa State’s best-loved basketball players, but best-loved people.
Niang completed his Cyclone men’s basketball career in 2016 as a Consensus All-American and the recipient of the Karl Malone Award for the nation’s best power forward. In 2016, he was the only Big 12 Conference player to rank among the league’s top 10 in scoring, rebounding, and assists. He left Iowa State as the school’s all-time leading scorer in NCAA tournament games (148) and was selected in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft with the 50th overall pick.
“Not only was Georges one of the best to ever play here,” writes Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm, “he found a way to be an elite athlete without compromising his studies. He graduated in four years and was an ISU Scholar-Athlete, as well as a recipient of our athletics department’s all-around award. He was also named a Senior CLASS Award All-American, awarded to the seniors who utilize their complete athletic eligibility and remain committed to their university. I have no doubt that Georges’ impact on this school did not end when he left Iowa State. He will continue to impact Iowa State for many, many years to come because of his love and passion for this school.”
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