Niang The Latest All-American
On Monday, The Associated Press released its 2014-15 men’s basketball All-America teams (1st-3rd team). Deservedly so, Iowa State junior Georges Niang earned a spot on the third-team and the Cyclones were represented in consecutive seasons (Melvin Ejim, 2014).
There are a number of All-America teams released these days, but it can be argued that the most recognized comes from the AP.
With different players earning All-America honors from the AP in the last two years, ISU is in elite company.
Iowa State. Syracuse. Kentucky. Gonzaga. Duke.
That is it. The list of schools with multiple honorees is short and Iowa State is on it.
In the last four seasons, ISU has had four different players earn a spot on one All-America team or another, a total that matches the 10 years prior to Fred Hoiberg’s arrival.
Sixth Among Returning Players In Scoring
Niang can score. Analysts and coaches have marveled over the big man’s unique skill set. He’ll enter his senior season sixth among active players nationally in scoring. A couple of players above him are considering their professional options, so Niang could move up on that list.
Top Returning Scorers
D.J. Balentine (Evansville) – 1,766
Olivier Hanlan (Boston College) – 1,727
Shawn Long (Louisiana-Lafayette) – 1,700 points
John Brown (High Point) – 1,680
Jalan West (Northwestern State) – 1,567
Georges Niang (Iowa State) – 1,510
Hoiberg vs. Self
With its win in the Big 12 Championship finals, Iowa State beat Kansas for the third time in four games.
That is no small feat as Hoiberg is just the fourth coach to beat a Bill Self-coached Kansas team in three of four meetings.
Michigan State’s Tom Izzo beat Kansas three times in a row (twice in 2009 and once in 2012), former Texas’ coach Rick Barnes beat the Jayhawks three of four times from 2004-06 and Kentucky’s John Calipari has won three in a row against Self (2011, 2012, 2014).
Hallice Cooke will wear the No. 3 jersey in his first season as a Cyclone following the transfer of Clayton Custer. Cooke, who wore No. 3 at Oregon State and in high school at St. Anthony High School in New Jersey, quickly jumped at the opportunity to wear the number again.
The Hoiberg Era
The last five years have seen a lot of great moments. Here is an infographic we recently published to illustrate just a few of them.