Georges Niang to sign two-way contract with Jazz


Former Cyclone basketball player Georges Niang laughs while watching a highlight reel, before being named the Male Athlete of the Year on Sept 3, 2016.

Aaron Marner

Following in former teammate Naz Mitrou-Long’s footsteps, former Cyclone great Georges Niang will sign a two-way contract with the NBA’s Utah Jazz.

Niang, who was drafted No. 50 overall in the 2016 NBA Draft, played just 23 games in his rookie year for the Indiana Pacers.

Niang played four years at Iowa State from 2012-16. He left Iowa State ranked No. 1 in career games played and career wins — although he was later passed by former teammate Monte Morris.

Niang also finished with the second-most points scored by a Cyclone men’s basketball player behind only Jeff Grayer. He was named first-team All Big 12 his junior and senior seasons.

Niang had been playing with the Santa Cruz Warriors this season in the NBA G League. In 26 games, Niang averaged 18.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. He shot 54.7 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from beyond the 3-point line.