Basketball

Georges Niang named first-team All-G-League

Jan 12, 2017; London, United Kingdom; Indiana Pacers forward Georges Niang heads to the court before a NBA game against the Denver Nuggets at the O2 Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

Making the jump to pro basketball hasn’t stopped former Cyclone Georges Niang from racking up individual honors.

Iowa State’s second all-time leading scorer was named first-team All-G-Leauge following his 2017-18 season split between the Santa Cruz Warriors and the Salt Lake City Stars.

Niang, who is in his second professional season, averaged 19.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists while shooting 57 percent from the field and almost 46 percent from behind the 3-point line in 41 games this season. His shooting prowess from behind the arc was good for the fourth-best percentage in the league.

The 6-foot-8 forward also appeared in nine games for the NBA’s Utah Jazz, who Niang is currently signed to a two-way contract with. He spent the latter portion of the season with Salt Lake City, Utah’s G-League franchise, alongside Iowa State teammate Naz Mitrou-Long, who averaged 18 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game in his own right as a rookie.

The rest of the first-team was made up by former Indiana star Thomas Bryant, former Duke star Quinn Cook, former North Carolina State guard Lorenzo Brown and former Stoney Brook star Jameel Warney.

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Jared is in his sixth year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He's the site's lead reporter for ISU recruiting. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as the full-time staff writer in May 2016. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.