Georges Niang & Ashley Jones named as Iowa State’s representatives in Big 12 Alumni Council

The following is a press release from Iowa State Athletics Communications:

IRVING, Texas – Former Iowa State basketball legends Georges Niang and Ashley Joens have been named to the inaugural Big 12 Alumni Council.

The Big 12 Alumni Council is comprised of 32 former student-athletes from men’s and women’s programs across each Big 12 institution. The Council was created to leverage the experience and expertise of some of the Big 12’s most notable student-athlete alumni as the Big 12 Conference enters a new era. These alumni will provide guidance and insights surrounding a variety of topics, including brand building, athlete relations, storytelling, digital content and much more.

Niang, a two-time All-American and 2016 Karl Malone Award winner, just completed his eighth season in the NBA. Niang has appeared in 465 NBA games and scored over 3,000 career points. The second-leading scorer in program history with 2,228 points, Niang led the Cyclones to four NCAA Tournaments and a pair of Sweet 16 berths. Niang led the Cyclones to back-to-back Big 12 Championships in 2014 and 2015. ADVERTISING

A four-time All-American, Joens is the most decorated women’s basketball player in Iowa State history. The program’s all-time leading scorer with 3,060 points, she became the 14th player in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to reach 3,000 career points. Joens was a three-time Cheryl Miller Award winner. Joens led the Cyclones to four NCAA Tournaments, including the 2022 Sweet 16.

“The Big 12 Conference is home to thousands of student-athlete alumni who have had great success on and off the field following their time on campus,” said Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark. “As we enter into a new chapter as a 16-team league, the insights and perspectives of the Big 12 Alumni Council will be an incredible resource.”
In turn, each Council member will receive a variety of resources and amenities, including networking access to the Big 12’s Business Advisory Board for professional networking, league support of council member’s community initiatives, media opportunities on behalf of the league and VIP access to all Big 12 Championships and Conference events.
The Council will be overseen by Big 12 Commissioner Brett Yormark and VP of Communications & Strategy Clark Williams. The Council will kick off in August 2024, as the Big 12 officially becomes a 16-team league.

Membership of the Big 12 Alumni Council includes:

ArizonaRichard Jefferson
ArizonaJennie Finch
Arizona StateLawrence Guy
Arizona StateBriann January
BaylorWhitney Canion
BaylorRobert Griffin III
BYUSteve Young
BYUAshley Hatch
UCFTacko Fall
UCFShaquem Griffin
CincinnatiJordan Thompson
CincinnatiKevin Youkilis
ColoradoJoel Klatt
ColoradoShelley Sheetz
HoustonAndre Ware
HoustonNatara Holloway Branch
Iowa StateAshley Joens
Iowa StateGeorges Niang
KansasWayne Simien
KansasLynette Woodard
Kansas StateKindred Wesemann Orpin
Kansas StateTyler Lockett
Oklahoma StateTiffany Bias Patmon
Oklahoma StateBrandon Weeden
TCUMarshall Newhouse
TCUZahna Medley Kindred
Texas TechCody Campbell
Texas TechCarolyn Thompson
UtahStevenson Sylvester
UtahCharmelle Green
West VirginiaGeorgeann Wells
West VirginiaMike Gansey