March 27, 2011
Niang talks Iowa and ISU visits
Georges Niang had never been to the state of Iowa before this past week, when he got the grand tour of the Iowa and Iowa State campus. The 6-foot-7 basketball prospect in the Class of 2012 holds offers from both Iowa schools and made the trek from the east coast to the Midwest to check out both school and came away very impressed.
"The state of Iowa is a cool place," Niang said. "Both schools were a lot of fun and I was impressed by both programs. It wasn't all cornfields like the people back home say. I saw a few, but it was really nice out there."
Niang started his tour of the state of Iowa with a stop in Ames to meet Coach Fred Hoiberg and learn more about the Cyclone program.
"It was a good. I met all the coaches in the morning and they gave me a tour of the campus. I met with the academic advisor for the basketball team and then I met with the Dean of the Accounting program at Iowa State. We talked a bit about their business program."
He ended his day in Ames by spending time at the Cyclones new practice facility and watching NCAA Tournament games with some of the Iowa State players. Niang said that the Cyclone players spoke very highly of Coach Hoiberg for being a players' coach.
On Friday morning he was off to Iowa City to meet up with Coach Fran McCaffery and his staff and to learn more about the Hawkeye program.
"I got there and met up with Coach Francis and we took a tour of the Gerdin Center. We were there for about an hour and talked to some of the student-athletes. Then we went to Coach McCaffery's office and talked for a bit and then went to lunch with Gabe Olesani, who was on his official visit," he said.
Niang said he and Olesani took a tour of the communications school and one of the highlights was learning about how students contribute to Big Ten Network programming, which was very interesting to him.
Later that night he spent time with Iowa players Melsahn Basabe, Devyn Marble, and Andrew Brommer. Niang knows Basabe from his prep days and he said they talked about how life was at Iowa and on campus and he spoke very highly of his Iowa experience.
With a pair of visits to Iowa in the books, is Niang any closer to making a decision and has a favorite emerged?
"No favorite. Both schools are equal," he said. "I could see myself in a Hawkeye uniform and I could see myself in a Cyclone uniform. I could make my decision at any time, but I will probably wait for a while. I want to get it done before the start of my senior year."
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