Niang Finds Rhythm, Coaches Give Praise

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AMES, Iowa – Saturday was a good day for Iowa State’s Georges Niang.  35 minutes on the court, 23 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and perhaps most important: the Cyclones 83-66 victory over TCU.

The 23 Georges racked up on Saturday put him at 19th on Iowa State’s all-time scoring list.

"He's just catching a little bit of a rhythm right now," said Fred Hoiberg.  "Hopefully he can stay in it.  We're going to obviously need him to play a great game on Monday night."

That rhythm and overall versatility are not just being noticed by his head coach, but by other coaches around the Big 12 too.

Last week, Rick Barnes spoke highly of Niang's performance on the court.  Saturday, it was TCU coach Trent Johnson's turn.

"If there's a better college basketball player in the country, I want to see him.  In terms of being complete," Johnson says.  "Its the subtleties that are so important to me, which he plays: screening, catching the pass with two hands, going left-right shooting, pump fake, getting into the post turning the left shoulder, turning the right shoulder, shoot a 3, and he understands angles."

While flattered, Georges doesn't let the high praise go to his head.  "The team that I play on helps me succeed," Niang says.  "That's really who I owe it to."

Georges and the Cyclones don't have too much of a wait to see if they can keep that rhythm going.  Iowa State travels to Kansas for a Big Monday showdown in Lawrence.  That game tips off at 8 p.m. on ESPN.