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Basketball

Georges Niang named to Wooden Award Watch List

 AMES — ISU forward Georges Niang Monday was named to the intital Wooden Award Watch List of thr season.

 Niang, a 6-8 junior, scored a career-high 30 points in the Cyclones’ 93-82 season-opening win over Oakland (Mich.). He also topped the 1,000-points mark in the victory. Niang ranks 30th all-time at ISU in points with 1,019. 

 The Cyclones (1-0) play host to Georgia State (1-0) at 8 p.m. today. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU. 

 Others named to the list include Isaiah Taylor of Texas, Buddy Hield of Oklahoma, Juwan Staten of West Virginia, and Wayne Selden of Kansas, who played alongside Niang at the Tilton (N.H) School. 

 Here’s the full list (below):

2014-15 John R. Wooden Award®
Presented by Wendy’s®
Preseason Top 50  

Name

School

Conference

Height

Class

Position

Cliff Alexander

Kansas

Big 12

6-8

Fr.

F

Brandon Ashley

Arizona

Pac-12

6-9

Jr.

F

Ron Baker

Wichita State

Missouri Valley

6-4

Jr.

G

Ryan Boatright

UConn

The American

6-0

Sr.

G

Malcolm Brogdon

Virginia

ACC

6-5

Jr.

G

Willie Cauley-Stein

Kentucky

SEC

7-0

Jr.

F

Branden Dawson

Michigan State

Big Ten

6-6

Sr.

G/F

Sam Dekker

Wisconsin

Big Ten

6-9

Jr.

F

Perry Ellis

Kansas

Big 12

6-8

Jr.

F

Yogi Ferrell

Indiana

Big Ten

6-0

Jr.

G

Marcus Foster

Kansas State

Big 12

6-3

So.

G

Michael Frazier II

Florida

SEC

6-4

Jr.

G

Treveon Graham

VCU

Atlantic 10

6-6

Sr.

G/F

Jerian Grant

Notre Dame

ACC

6-5

Sr.

G

Olivier Hanlan

Boston College

ACC

6-4

Jr.

G

Montrezl Harrell

Louisville

ACC

6-8

Jr.

F

Aaron Harrison

Kentucky

SEC

6-6

So.

G

Andrew Harrison

Kentucky

SEC

6-6

So.

G

Tyler Haws

BYU

WCC

6-5

Sr.

G

Buddy Hield

Oklahoma

Big 12

6-4

Jr.

G

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Arizona

Pac-12

6-7

So.

F

R.J. Hunter

Georgia State

Sun Belt

6-6

Jr.

G

Stanley Johnson

Arizona

Pac-12

6-7

Fr.

F

Tyus Jones

Duke

ACC

6-1

Fr.

G

Frank Kaminsky

Wisconsin

Big Ten

7-0

Sr.

F

Caris LeVert

Michigan

Big Ten

6-7

Jr.

G

Jordan Mickey

LSU

SEC

6-8

So.

F

Nic Moore

SMU

The American

5-9

Jr.

G

Georges Niang

Iowa State

Big 12

6-8

Jr.

F

Jahlil Okafor

Duke

ACC

6-11

Fr.

C

Kelly Oubre, Jr.

Kansas

Big 12

6-7

Fr.

G

Marcus Paige

North Carolina

ACC

6-1

Jr.

G

Kevin Pangos

Gonzaga

WCC

6-2

Sr.

G

Terran Petteway

Nebraska

Big Ten

6-6

Jr.

F

Bobby Portis

Arkansas

SEC

6-11

So.

F

Chasson Randle

Stanford

Pac-12

6-2

Sr.

G

Terry Rozier

Louisville

ACC

6-1

So.

G

Wesley Saunders

Harvard

Ivy League

6-5

Sr.

G

Josh Scott

Colorado

Pac-12

6-10

Jr.

F

Wayne Selden, Jr.

Kansas

Big 12

6-5

So.

G

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera

Georgetown

Big East

6-3

Jr.

G

Juwan Staten

West Virginia

Big 12

6-1

Sr.

G

Keifer Sykes

Green Bay

Horizon League

6-0

Sr.

G

Isaiah Taylor

Texas

Big 12

6-1

So.

G

Karl-Anthony Towns

Kentucky

SEC

6-11

Fr.

F

Myles Turner

Texas

Big 12

6-11

Fr.

F

Fred VanVleet

Wichita State

Missouri Valley

6-0

Jr.

G

Dez Wells

Maryland

Big Ten

6-5

Sr.

G/F

Delon Wright

Utah

Pac-12

6-5

Sr.

G

Joseph Young

Oregon

Pac-12

6-2

Sr.

G

 

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