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    How much better can Niang get?

    Niang doesn't resemble a freshman at all out there. Yes, he has some freshman errors here and there, but quite honestly I feel more comfortable when he has the ball then Clyburn or Lucious (yes I'm serious).

    His defense really isn't bad for only being a freshman, and he's shown that he can score on about every big time post defender (Withey, Austin, etc.) If he's going to improve anywhere it'll be his body, maybe he will get a bit more of a vertical and a little faster.

    This is purely for conversation, but I mean Niang can score at about any spot on the floor, his jumpshot is very solid for a big man, and he's so crafty down below, and his passing is also fantastic for a freshman. I just want to know what other cyclone fans think of where Niang could be in 3 more seasons at Iowa State.



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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    I completely agree with you, and I even agree that I'm more comfortable when he has the ball than Clyburn or Lucious. That's not to say that I don't like Clyburn and Lucious like some people, I just feel that Niang makes less really stupid plays.

    As for where will he be in 3 years? I think he truly can be one of the most dominant players in the Big 12, and hopefully be a first round pick, but I'm not sure how his game will be able to translate to the NBA


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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    All areas can improve. He will work his but off to improve. Jumping and conditioning appear most need at this point? If he stays four years he could be in the Hoiberg, Hornecek, Grayer, etc category.



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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    two and out



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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    Quote Originally Posted by isuforlife View Post
    two and out
    No way. Niang will be a four year player.


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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    His skill on offense is already near an all-conference level. Hopefully with S&C his defense and rebounding improve and he can muscle defenders for easier buckets.



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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    I think from a strength and conditioning stand point, he could really improve. With his motor, just imagine what he could do in transition, and with added strength, how tough he would be to keep away from the rim.



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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    If he gets into Big 12 shape at any point in his career, he will be there for the best player in the Big 12 consideration. He has the skills and the smarts and the body control.



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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhoadhoused View Post
    If he gets into Big 12 shape at any point in his career, he will be there for the best player in the Big 12 consideration. He has the skills and the smarts and the body control.
    I agree. In three years he'll be the complete package and he's already showing how he'll get there.




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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    I think the big thing for him is that he is already so good at the mental aspect and the footwork. That's what usually takes big men a lot of time to develop. He can get stronger every year and be dominant as an upperclassman. I'm thinking a smaller Fizer.



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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    I think I disagree with a lot of you. I think he will improve but he has the mental aspect. He can get in better shape and get stronger. I don't see him developing many more skills though. I think he will always be average defensively. He has a lot going for him but above average athleticism isn't one of those things. I think he will be a very good player and a very unique player in that he can do about anything offensively but defensively he can only be so good I feel. So, I think dominant offensive player by year 4 but average defensively which is great. I'm fine with that but I would like to find his inverse in another big man. Someone who can replace Ejim in two years, really. We need a garbage guy like Ejim.


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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    Niang would explode along side a strong defensive big man. His efficiency offensively is excellent but he is unable to play many minutes lately because of foul trouble.


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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    The shots this kid gets off in the paint amaze me. He's got a little Kenny Pratt in him. His hands are so soft he can get shots up in milliseconds.

    He's one of the only post players that I've ever seen that can barely dunk but is almost always the best or one of the best players on the court at any time.



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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tre4ISU View Post
    I think I disagree with a lot of you. I think he will improve but he has the mental aspect. He can get in better shape and get stronger. I don't see him developing many more skills though. I think he will always be average defensively. He has a lot going for him but above average athleticism isn't one of those things. I think he will be a very good player and a very unique player in that he can do about anything offensively but defensively he can only be so good I feel. So, I think dominant offensive player by year 4 but average defensively which is great. I'm fine with that but I would like to find his inverse in another big man. Someone who can replace Ejim in two years, really. We need a garbage guy like Ejim.
    Sounds like you agree.

    Niang would explode along side a strong defensive big man. His efficiency offensively is excellent but he is unable to play many minutes lately because of foul trouble.
    Only if they could also shoot the three.



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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhoadhoused View Post
    If he gets into Big 12 shape at any point in his career, he will be there for the best player in the Big 12 consideration. He has the skills and the smarts and the body control.
    Agree. He would be unreal if he was in better shape and was a bit stronger. He gets by in the condition he's in, but if you watch him, he does his best to conserve his energy out there every chance he gets. For example, he rarely hustles up the court unless it's crucial that he does.

    He's an amazingly talented kid though. As one of the announcers once said about him.... "he's the best below-the-rim player in the Big 12 already." And that says a LOT IMO. When you say that about someone, it means you believe he has the best post moves, touch, and basketball instincts around the basket of anyone. That is saying a LOT!



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