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Niang stands out on Thursday at the NBA Combine

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On Thursday at the NBA Draft Combine, Georges Niang did what he always does — he got buckets. Niang led his team in scoring during the five-on-five portion of the workouts with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting with three rebounds and three assists.

His performance might have even opened a few eyes around the league — as represented by this tweet from the Ames Tribune’s Travis Hines — and he was listed as a top performer from day one by Draft Express.

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Besides playing five-on-five, the forwards at the combine got their official measurements and participated in the speed and agility drills. Niang was tied for the second longest hands among the players in Chicago at 9.25 inches.

He was also measured at 6-foot-6.75-inches without shoes.

It would be hard to say that the Methuen, Mass., native showed out during the speed and agility drills, not that anyone would’ve expected him to. Niang had the fourth shortest standing vertical jump of the players tested on Thursday with 25 inches.

His 31 inch max vertical jump was also fourth lowest among the players tested.

The forwards will participate in shooting drills on Friday — a category Niang would surely excel in. You can tune in to Friday’s workouts on ESPN2 from 2-6 p.m.

Jared Stansbury

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.