By RON MALY
By Georges, Niang is staying.
No NBA yet for the talented Cyclone.
I gave you some of my thoughts six days ago about Iowa State basketball player Georges Niang.
Niang did some thinking, and has decided to return to Iowa State for his senior season.
"I was weighing [leaving for the NBA], but I want to be loyal to the [Iowa State] program and didn't want to go out this way," Niang told Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com. "I didn't want to leave my mark like that."
"Go out this way" meant Niang didn't want to make an exit following Iowa State's unexpectedly quick loss in the NCAA tournament, and he didn't want to be known as the guy who left after having a sub-par performance in his final game of the 2014-2015 season.
He scored 11 points [connecting on only four of 15 field goal tries] and had seven rebounds in the Cyclones' 60-59 loss in their opening game of the Big Dance.
Niang averaged 15.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists as a junior.
Draft experts had projected Niang as a second-round choice if he declared for the NBA draft.
Goodman wrote that the Cyclones will likely be a national top-10 preseason in 2015-2016, "with Niang, junior point guard Monte Morris, athletic big man Jameel McKay and shooter Naz Long.
"They will also add transfers Hallice Cooke [Oregon State] and Deonte Burton [Marquette]."
Niang told Goodman, "I think we have a really good core coming back."