Georges Niang wins All-American honors


Junior forward Georges Niang (31) passes to sophomore guard Monte Morris (11) during the Big 12 Championship semifinal game against Oklahoma on March 13 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The Cyclones defeated the Sooners 67-65 to advance to the final championship game against Kansas on March 14.

Max Dible

By any measure one could choose to employ, ISU forward Georges Niang is a third-team All-American.

Both the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the Associated Press released their All-American rosters on March 30. There were a few differences when comparing the two, three-team lists side by side — but one constant was Wooden Award Finalist Georges Niang’s spot on the third-team.

Niang led Iowa State in scoring in 2014-15, averaging 15.2 points per game on his way to first-team All-Big 12 honors. He also grabbed 5.4 rebounds and doled out 3.4 assists per contest, displaying a range of skill that made him dangerous from anywhere on the court.

Niang is the fourth All-American produced by ISU coach Fred Hoiberg during his five-year tenure at Iowa State. Niang’s 1,510 career points rank him 15th on the all time ISU scoring chart with another full year to play.

Niang was joined in both third-team selections by OU guard and Big 12 player of the year, Buddy Hield, who was the only other Big 12 player to garner an All-American selection for the 2014-15 season.