There are former players that are looked highly upon by the Cyclone fan base, and then there is Georges Niang. One of, in not THE, greatest Cyclone basketball player of all-time called into the podcast before his game in Oklahoma City.
I once heard someone explain that you can tell when someone is special when they are known by just their first name. To Iowa State’s fan base, Niang was simply known as Georges and for four years we were fortunate enough to watch him represent Iowa State University on and off the court.
As a second year professional basketball player, we asked Georges the differences between playing in college and playing professionally. How different was it playing for Coach Hoiberg and Coach Prohm?
We of course took the time to talk about the #DillyDilly movement and how he became the spokesperson for it overnight.
Georges talked about coming back to Iowa to play in front of Cyclone fans once again and the pressure he felt to perform well in front of the crowd at Wells Fargo just over one week ago.
We asked Georges about which exit from the NCAA tournament was the hardest to stomach. The answer may surprise you.
Even though he wasn’t born in Iowa, Georges quickly developed a hatred for the Iowa Hawkeyes and we all love him for that. We asked him which team he’d suit up against if he had just one remaining game of eligibility.
Niang also talked about the bond formed with several of his former teammates and how they still “geek out” over the recent Iowa State football success and how they are now all Cyclones for life.
We really enjoyed the chat with Georges and are sure you will enjoy listening as well.
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