Awards & Honors
All-Big 12 Third Team - Coaches & AP (14)
Big 12 All-Tournament Team (14)
Big 12 Player of the Week (14)
Diamond Head Classic All-Tournament Team (14)
Big 12 All-Rookie Team (13)
Played and started the first 33 games of the season before suffering a broken fifth metatarsel in his right foot in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, a win against North Carolina Central...third on the team in scoring with 16.5 points per game...was in double figures 29 times, including 11 games with 20 or more points...scored 17 or more points in 14 of his final 18 games...also grabbed 4.4 rebounds and dished out 3.6 assists...was only non-guard ranked among the top-10 in the Big 12 in assists per game...led ISU averaging 18.7 points at the Big 12 Championships, including a 25-point performance in the Cyclones' win against Kansas in the semifinals...had 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting before leaving with an injury in the win against North Carolina Central...scored a career-high 27 points against Oklahoma...was the Cyclones' closer, shooting 53.7 percent in the final five minutes of games...had six of his 19 points in the final four minutes against BYU and six of his 10 points in final four minutes against Michigan...made game-winning reverse layup with 18 seconds left against Iowa...finished with 24 points against the Hawkeyes...earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors for his effort against Iowa.
Recorded one of the finest rookie seasons in school history, averaging 12.1 points and 4.6 rebounds while starting 23 games...named to the Big 12 All-Rookie team...led the team and ranked fifth in the Big 12 in field goal percentage at 51.5 percent (157-305 FG)...shot 39.2 percent (38-97 3FG) from 3-point range and 70.0 percent (70-100 FT) at the free-throw line...was the fourth-best freshman scorer in the Big 12, becoming just the 13th Cyclone in school history to average double figures in scoring (12.1)...his 422 points scored is the fourth-most by a Cyclone freshman...scored in double figures 23 times...made 38 3-pointers to rank third on ISU’s freshman list...started all 18 Big 12 games, averaging 12.5 points and shooting 49.7 percent from the field...named Big 12 Rookie of the Week (Jan. 14) after scoring 18 points vs. Texas...made the game-winning basket with 0:02 seconds left to defeat West Virginia...tallied 16 points (6-7 FG) at Oklahoma State...posted 19 points (6-9 FG, 3-5 3FG) vs. TCU...tied his career high with 19 points (8-14 FG) vs. Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament...registered his career best in field goals (9-13 FG) and tied his career high in points with 19 vs. Notre Dame in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Considered one of the best players on the East Coast, ending his prep career as a consensus national top-100 recruit...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...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...a three-time First-Team All-NEPSAC Class AA pick, Niang was the 2012 NEPSAC Class AA Player of the Year...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...led his team to the 2011 NEPSAC Class AA championship with a 72-56 win over St. Mark’s (Mass.)...was named outstanding player of the tournament, scoring 23 points on 11-of-11 shooting from the field in the championship game...team lost in the 2011 National Prep Championship to Notre Dame Prep (87-85), as Niang scored 31 points...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 best AAU tournaments in the country...teammates at Tilton and in AAU with Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel...won four NEPSAC titles, one national prep championship, one AAU national championship and one Nike EYBL title in his career...played in the 2012 Mary Kline All-Star game...also had offers from Iowa, Providence, Texas A&M and Seton Hall.
Born June 17, 1993 in Lawrence, Mass...son of Sidy and Alison Niang...first name pronounced “George”...last name pronounced Knee-yang...business major...was student body president at Tilton Prep.