Iowa State men’s basketball: Georges Niang invited to LeBron James Skills Academy


Iowa State basketball player Georges Niang has been invited to play in a second elite basketball camp during the offseason.

The Des Moines Register reports that Niang will be attending the LeBron James Skills Academy that starts on Wednesday.

"Niang, the 6-foot-7 junior-to-be for the Iowa State basketball team, was among 30 college players invited to the LeBron James Skills Academy. The school announced the honor Friday.The camp begins Wednesday in Las Vegas. Niang has been playing recently after competing recovery from a broken foot he sustained against North Carolina Central in the NCAA Tournament in March."

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It’s been a busy summer for Niang. He’s been playing in the YMCA Capital City League, his first action on the basketball court since his injury that ended his season. He also went to the Nike Elite Youth Basketball Big Man Skills Academy in New Jersey late last month.

In the Big Man Skills Academy, Niang was one of the top 10 big men in college basketball to be invited along with some of the top high school kids.

Niang has received quite the spotlight this offseason. Head coach Fred Hoiberg admitted he’d like to see how far the Cyclones would have gone if Niang didn’t get injured. He’s received praise from multiple sports outlet including ESPN ranking him as one of the top big men in the country. He’s been participating as much as he can in events to keep the rust from building and his hard work and dedication is showing.

One of the Cyclone fans’ favorite players is doing everything he can to get back into form and pick up right where he left off back in March.

Make sure to check out our blog’s special feature on Georges Niang from earlier this week.