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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    Anyone can get better, Niang has really good feet down low with post moves that you just do not see out of a freshmen playing in a good conference like ours most of the time. He has that frame that can get a lot stronger which he will. Niang also handles the ball well and shoots well and for a freshmen has a pretty good face up game.

    Has points is his game to work on, but all players do. Just really happy we have him playing for the good guys.



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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.
    I look at it like this. Niang will always be able to finish, but if he gets better at getting to the hole and getting past his man, he will be much better. And if he gets in shape he can be an good defender IMO. His positioning is very good, and teams go at him constantly, but he does alright. And he is not even close to the same league athletically as those guys. They are way stronger than him and all of their weight is straight muscle vs Niang with a good amount of baby fat. If Niang can just get close to that level athletically, mixed with his skills, he will be insane.



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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    He can shoot the ball but right now it seems like he either shoots an open three, drives it to the rack, or has a jump hook. I think he can get stronger and faster to improve in these three areas. Also I think the next part of his game will be a jab step jumper from about 15 feet or a fade away. If he gets those down he will be extremely hard to defend. (not that he isn't already)



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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    Honestly, I don't see his offensive game getting that much better, because frankly he's already pretty amazing offensively. I do think he'll get more comfortable with the ball and facilitating. He's already very good at that, but will continue to get better, which will ultimately make the players around him that much better.

    I do think his body will improve (strength and conditioning). That will mostly help him get more minutes and body up defensively.

    Overall, his future is bright. I could see him setting many records at ISU before it's all said and done.



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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    Well at this point I'm okay with the ball with either of the 3 guys hands. I think a lot of them are playing at 1st or 2nd all big 12 level. We have a chance for B12 freshman of the year, leading for the 6th man of the year, might just win COY again.

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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    He's basically Royce White without the ball on a string but with a much better jumper.



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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    There's a guy that couldn't jump that comes to my mind. Hate the guy, but he was a great college player.

    Niang could develop a mid-range game and lead us to a couple national titles, just like Laettner did for the Blue Devils in the 90's. That'd be allright by me.

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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    Niang is a much better defender than people are giving him credit for. If he had Ejim's leaping ability, he'd be leaving for the NBA soon.



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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    how much better can georges get? wait for him to get in shape and find out. not bashing him at all but being on a D1 strength program will do him some good. I think he'll average 18 & 8 next year. His post up game is outstanding



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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    Quote Originally Posted by jahfg View Post
    Niang is a much better defender than people are giving him credit for. If he had Ejim's leaping ability, he'd be leaving for the NBA soon from Kentucky.
    FIFY.

    To those saying he won't improve offensively, I think I understand what you are saying, but I think he will improve in several ways. First off, conditioning. He plays really good offense at the beginning of halves, but can trail off after he's been on the floor for a bit. Second, he needs to figure out how to stay out of foul trouble. By his Jr year, he should be playing 30-35 minutes per game. Third, when he is an upperclassman, the offense will run through him much more than it does today, much like Royce last year. 2 apg is amazing for a freshman big, but I think he'll get that up to at least 5 when the offense is tailored for him.

    The other place I think he'll improve offensively is knowing what shots to take when. Not that he has bad shot selection now, but I think it'll really improve. He can also be a more consistent rebounder.

    I have quite high expectations for Niang, I think he could have a Fizer-esque career path. I think by his senior year he could potentially be a 20-10-5 guy. He has that much potential.



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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    pretty sure niang has topped out. I'd expect him to regress over the next few years.



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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    He does get a bad rap for being out of shape. I personally don't think he's in bad shape for a FR. There aren't many FR posts that can come into their first year and give the amount of time/production that he has. He'll certainly improve, as all FR do, but he's in decent shape for a post player at this stage.



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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    he really reminds me a lot of Larry Bird. He isn't going to wow anyone with his athletic ability, but somehow he just gets his shots and makes them. He is just sneeky cleaver with the ball, and a great passer. He just knows where to go to get the ball for an easy basket.



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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    He makes really good players look like ametuers. If he can develop some more speed and the conditioning to go full bore the whole game, his top is very high. Also, with the flashes of brilliant team play I have seen this year, these coaches are really due some credit. If Fred has 4 years developing Georges, he will be one of the most special players I have seen at ISU and will probably end up with a banner next to Hoibergs.



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    Re: How much better can Niang get?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyBri View Post
    He can shoot the ball but right now it seems like he either shoots an open three, drives it to the rack, or has a jump hook.
    So all he can do is shoot from the outside, drive and finish with touch, use great post moves on the block, and execute on either end of a pick and roll? meh.

    Really, we have seen Niang score in almost any manner that does not require superior strength or jumping ability.

    Quote Originally Posted by acgclone View Post
    Honestly, I don't see his offensive game getting that much better, because frankly he's already pretty amazing offensively. I do think he'll get more comfortable with the ball and facilitating. He's already very good at that, but will continue to get better, which will ultimately make the players around him that much better. .
    Maybe not that much better, but with more strength and experience, he could be a go-to, dominant player. He already has the skill to make tough shots, but if he transforms his body he will get more easy looks (fast-breaks, out-muscling guys for better position). Adding the strength to back most guys down to his great footwork and touch would be a guy that demands double teams. I also suspect he adds to his skill level too- tightens his already decent handle and mid-range game.



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