Georges Niang Wins 2016 Karl Malone Award

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LOS ANGELES, California – Iowa State forward Georges Niang was announced on Friday as the winner of the 2016 Karl Malone Award, given annually to the nation’s top power forward by the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Niang’s illustrious Cyclone career now includes an individual postseason award, which is a feat no other Iowa State men’s basketball player has ever accomplished. The senior also became the first two-time All-American in school history this season.

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 10: Georges Niang #31 of the Iowa State Cyclones shoots a free throw against the Oklahoma Sooners during the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 10, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Georges Niang
KANSAS CITY, MO – MARCH 10: Georges Niang #31 of the Iowa State Cyclones shoots a free throw against the Oklahoma Sooners during the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 10, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

“It is an honor to be given this award,” Niang said in an ISU press release. “You grow up watching guys like Karl Malone and to take home an award that states my game emulates the way he played is pretty cool. I’m thankful for my coaches and teammates for making this all possible by pushing me and believing in me every day.”

In his last season in wearing cardinal and gold, Niang averaged 20.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game while shooting 54.6 percent from the field and 39.2 percent from 3-point land.

He also led Iowa State to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament as he averaged 28.7 points in three tournament games. He’s one of only five players in tournament history to score at least 28 points in three consecutive games.

Niang was revealed as the winner on Friday evening during ESPN’s College Basketball Awards Show in Los Angeles.

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