Georges Niang a finalist for Senior CLASS Award

 Georges Niang is frequently listed among the nation’s best college basketball players for good reason.

 What’s sometimes overlooked is how much the versatile and high-scoring senior from Methuen, Mass., has become a fixture in the ISU and Ames community. 

 Tuesday, Niang’s contributions off the court shared the spotlight, too, as he was named one of 30 candidates for the 2015-16 Senior Class Award.

 Read ISU Athletics Communications’ full release on Niang’s latest honor on and below: 

AMES – Iowa State senior Georges Niang has been named one of 30 candidates for the prestigious 2015-16 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate basketball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

Niang’s impact in the Ames community and on Iowa State University cannot be understated. A valued member of the Iowa State men’s basketball team, the Methuen, Massachusetts, native, is an All-American player as well as an academic All-Big 12 student in the classroom.

But his greatest impact may just be in the community. He’s participated in speaking engagements in the area, participated in ISU blood drives and visited local hospitals as well as a number of other community service opportunities.

The candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists in February, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate who best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2016 NCAA Men’s Final Four.

Men’s Basketball Candidates

Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova

Craig Bradshaw, Belmont

Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia

John Brown, High Point

Kyle Collinsworth, BYU

Rapheal Davis, Purdue

Perry Ellis, Kansas

Obi Emegano, Oral Roberts

Phil Forte, Oklahoma State

Chris Fowler, Central Michigan

Mike Gessell, Iowa

Shaq Goodwin, Memphis

Buddy Hield, Oklahoma

Peter Hooley, Albany

Amile Jefferson, Duke

Cedric Kuakumensah, Brown

Egidijus Mockevicius, Evansville

Nic Moore, SMU

Georges Niang, Iowa State

Ethan O’Day, Vermont

Marcus Paige, North Carolina

Alex Poythress, Kentucky

James Robinson, Pittsburgh

Justin Sears, Yale

Shavon Shields, Nebraska

Denzel Valentine, Michigan State

Fred VanVleet, Wichita State

Thomas Walkup, Stephen F. Austin

Jameel Warney, Stony Brook

Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga


Rob Gray


Rob, an Ames native, joined Cyclone Fanatic in August, 2014 after nearly a decade and a half of working at Iowa's two largest newspapers. He spent 10 years at the Des Moines Register and, after a brief stint in public relations, joined the Cedar Rapids Gazette as an Iowa State correspondent three years ago. Rob specializes in feature stories for CF.

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