Iowa State's Georges Niang will return to school for senior season
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Iowa State's Georges Niang will return to school for senior season
Monday March 30th, 2015

Iowa State forward Georges Niang told ESPN he will return for his senior season.

Niang, a 6'8" forward who just concluded his junior season, averaged a team-high 15.3 points with 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game for the Cyclones. Iowa State, a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament, was upset by No. 4 seed UAB in the schools' opening-round game on March 19.

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Niang scored 11 points on 4–of–15 shooting and added seven rebounds, but said he did not want to end his college career with a loss like that.

"I was weighing it, but I want to be loyal to the program and didn't want to go out this way," Niang said. "I didn't want to leave my mark like that."

Iowa State finished 25-9 (12-6 Big 12) and will likely enter next season as a top preseason team.

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Over his three seasons at Iowa State, Niang has averaged 14.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

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