Hoop Bits (1-28-15)

Niang’s All-Around Game Impressive

Georges Niang is one of 13 players in the nation averaging better than 14 points, five rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. His versatility has been well known nationwide since he arrived at Iowa State in 2012.

In fact, Niang is one of 20 players nationally with 1,200 points, 400 rebounds and 250 assists in their career.

Niang is the only player on the list that is not a senior. He’s also just one of two players that are taller than 6-6 (J.J. Avila, Colorado State).

It is a pleasure to watch such a crafty player take the floor at Hilton Coliseum each night.

Six In Double Figures
Iowa State is the only team in the country with six players averaging double figures. Led by Niang’s 14.8 points, the Cyclones are aiming to become just the third ISU team to have five players average double digits. Also in double figures are Bryce Dejean-Jones (12.7), Naz Long (12.2), Dustin Hogue (11.0), Monté Morris (10.8) and Jameel McKay (10.1).

Texas is the only other team in the Big 12 with four or more players in double figures.

Too Close For Comfort
Iowa State’s seven Big 12 games have been decided by a total of 23 points, or an average of 3.3 points.

Fortunately for Iowa State fans, ISU is 10-3 in conference games decided by six points or fewer (or OT) in the last two seasons.

Hoiberg Advances In Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge
In case you missed it, ISU head coach Fred Hoiberg is again participating in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge. He dominated the first round and is currently in second behind Purdue’s Matt Painter in the second round. Hoiberg is competing to earn money for the American Heart Association.

He danced for you, now hopefully you will vote for him!

You can vote daily by clicking here.

GameDay Comes To Ames
Having ESPN’s College GameDay was a great experience for all involved. Cyclones.com built a special page to allow you to relive that day. Check it out!


Fantasy Camp
Fred Hoiberg Basketball Camps offer a new way for adults to get involved in the camp world. Sure to be a great experience, attendees will get a bunch of Iowa State basketball gear and the opportunity to interact with coaches and players.


Dunk Meter
Last season, Iowa State had 50 dunks. This season, Iowa State has 60 dunks.

Here is a breakdown of the dunks per Cyclone this season:

McKay – 19
Dejean-Jones – 18
Hogue – 8
Nader – 4
Edozie – 3
Morris – 3
Niang – 3
Jackson – 1
Long – 1

About Matt Shoultz

I'm in my 12th year at Iowa State and fourth as communications director for men's basketball. I have worked with football, women's basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis and swimming since arriving at Iowa State. I am a 2005 graduate of the University of South Carolina and a Litchfield, Minn. native. I look forward to sharing the tales of Iowa State athletics with you all. If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me at mshoultz@iastate.edu. I'm on twitter @mjshoultz. Go Cyclones!
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