Georges Niang (born June 17, 1993) is an American-Senegalese professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was an All-American college player for Iowa State University.
Niang with the Iowa State Cyclones
|No. 31 – Utah Jazz|
|Born||June 17, 1993|
|Nationality||American / Senegalese|
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||230 lb (104 kg)|
|High school||Tilton School|
(Tilton, New Hampshire)
|College||Iowa State (2012–2016)|
|NBA draft||2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50th overall|
|Selected by the Indiana Pacers|
|2016–2017||→Fort Wayne Mad Ants|
|2017–2018||Santa Cruz Warriors|
|2018||→Salt Lake City Stars|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school careerEdit
A three-year starter and two-year team captain, Niang capped off his career as one of the greatest players in The Tilton School history, amassing a school-record 2,372 points. He was a three-time First-Team All-NEPSAC Class AA pick, Niang was the 2012 NEPSAC Class AA Player of the Year. He averaged 25.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game as a senior, averaged 24.2 points and 8.2 rebounds as a junior and led his team to the 2011 NEPSAC Class AA championship with a 72-56 win over St. Mark's. He was named outstanding player of the tournament, scoring 23 points on 11-of-11 shooting from the field in the championship game. His team lost in the 2011 National Prep Championship to Notre Dame Prep (87-85), as Niang scored 31 points. He played for the Boston-based BABC AAU team, the same program that featured former Cyclone and NBA player Will Blalock. His BABC squad won the 2011 Nike Peach Jam, one of the most competitive AAU tournaments in the country. He was teammates at Tilton and in AAU with Nerlens Noel, they won four NEPSAC titles, one national prep championship, one AAU national championship and one Nike EYBL title in his career.
Niang was considered one of the best players on the East Coast, ending his prep career as a consensus national top-100 recruit. He was ranked No. 42 by Lindy's, No. 56 by ESPNU, No. 69 by Scout.com, No. 69 by Rivals.com, No. 73 by Sporting News, and No. 81 by CBS Sports in the 2012 prep national rankings. He also had offers from Iowa, Providence, Texas A&M, and Seton Hall, eventually committing to Iowa State.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Methuen, MA||The Tilton School (NH)||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)||210 lb (95 kg)||May 5, 2011|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN:|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Rivals: 6, 16 (F) ESPN: 56, 2 (NH), 14 (F)|
Niang was named to the Big 12 All-Rookie Team in his freshman year in 2013. In the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, Niang broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, forcing him to sit for the remainder of the event. As a sophomore, he averaged 16.7 points and 4.5 rebounds as the third most prominent offensive weapon for Iowa State behind Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane.
Niang cut back on his calorie consumption in the 2014 offseason and consequently slimmed down to 230 pounds from 260 pounds. As a junior, Niang led the team in scoring with 15.3 points per game to go along with 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Seeded third in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, the Cyclones were upset by 14th seeded UAB in the round of 64 despite 11 points and seven rebounds from Niang. He considered entering the 2015 NBA Draft, but instead decided to return for his senior season. "I was weighing it, but I want to be loyal to the program and didn't want to go out this way," Niang said. "I didn't want to leave my mark like that."
Niang surpassed the 2,000-point threshold as a senior, averaging 20.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. He was named to the 35-man midseason watchlist for the Naismith College Player of the Year on February 11.
During his college career, Niang achieved a number program records, including the first player to reach four-straight NCAA tournaments, the first two-time All-American, the career leader in games played (138) and most wins (98).
Indiana Pacers (2016–2017)Edit
On June 23, 2016, Niang was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 50th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. He joined the team for the 2016 NBA Summer League, where his early play drew praise from Larry Bird. On July 11, 2016, he signed with the Pacers. During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. On July 14, 2017, he was waived by the Pacers.
Santa Cruz Warriors (2017–2018)Edit
On August 16, 2017, Niang signed a contract with the Golden State Warriors. He was officially waived by the Warriors on October 14, 2017. He was assigned by the Santa Cruz Warriors as an affiliate player.
Utah Jazz / Salt Lake City Stars (2018–present)Edit
On January 14, 2018, Niang signed a two-way contract with the Utah Jazz to take up a spot previously held by former college teammate Naz Mitrou-Long. Throughout the rest of the season, he split his playing time between the Jazz and their NBA G League affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars.
On July 13, 2018, Niang signed a standard contract with the Jazz.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- APANEWS. "Senegal shortlists 19 for African Basketball Championship - Apanews.net". apanews.net. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
- "Vidéo – Afrobasket: Georges Niang, l'autre " américain " des Lions, Regardez!". Senego.com - L'actualité quotidienne au Sénégal (in French). July 15, 2017. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
- "Niang keen to play for Senegal at FIBA AfroBasket 2017". FIBA.basketball. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
- "2011 - 2012 NEPSAC Boys' Basketball All-New England Selections". NEPSAC.org. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
- Finkelstein, Adam (March 10, 2011). "National Prep Championship recap". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
- Powers, Ian (July 19, 2011). "2011 Nike Peach Jam: Top Prospects". NBADraft.net. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
- "Georges Niang recruiting profile". ESPN.com. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
- "Georges Niang profile". Rivals.com. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
- "Georges Niang Bio". Cyclones.com. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
- Forgrave, Reid (October 17, 2014). "Gorgeous Georges? Iowa State's Niang will look a lot different this season". Fox Sports. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- "Iowa State's Georges Niang says he's returning next season". Sports Illustrated. March 30, 2015. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
- "Men's Basketball: Niang overtakes Hoiberg, hits 2,000-point mark". Amestrib.com. February 17, 2016. Retrieved February 17, 2016.
- Payne, Terrence (February 11, 2016). "Naismith Trophy midseason list announced". Fox Sports. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- Montz, Dylan (March 16, 2016). "Georges Niang era at Iowa State produced numerous milestones". The Gazette (Cedar Rapids).
- Taylor, Nate (June 24, 2016). "Pacers select Georges Niang in 2nd round of NBA draft". IndyStar.com. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
- "NBA Summer League; Niang earns praise from Bird". EagleTribune.com. July 5, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
- "Georges Niang Signs with Pacers". NBA.com. July 11, 2016. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
- "2016-17 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved February 7, 2017.
- "Pacers Waive Georges Niang". NBA.com. July 14, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
- "Jazz Sign Forward Georges Niang". NBA.com. July 13, 2018. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
- "Niang veut jouer pour le Sénégal". FIBA.com (in French). March 23, 2017. Retrieved July 14, 2017.