After a fine junior campaign, Iowa State forward Georges Niang has let it be known that he has decided to come back for his senior year and finish what he started.
According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com, Niang wanted to complete some unfinished business.
“I was weighing it, but I want to be loyal to the program and didn’t want to go out this way,” Niang said. “I didn’t want to leave my mark like that.”
Of course, what Niang is referring to is his team’s deflating 60-59 loss to UAB in the round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament, where the Cyclones were a No. 3 seed.
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It was Niang who was the heart and soul of a Cyclones’ squad that won 25 games last season.
Niang, a 6’8”, 230-pound forward, is as versatile and multi-dimensional a player you can find in college basketball. He can score, rebound and pass the ball efficiently and it’s no secret why he was coveted by NBA scouts and GMs. Last season he averaged 15.3 points (tops on the team), 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.
With the return of Niang, as well as Monte Morris, Jameel McKay, Abdel Nader, Naz Long and a couple of impact transfers in Hallice Cook and Deonte Burton, the Cyclones should be one of the top contenders in the Big 12 once again next year.