Niang very high on Cyclones after visit

One of Iowa State's top 2012 recruiting targets is Tilton (N.H.)Prep School's Georges Niang. The power forward paid a visit to Ames on Thursday and came away very impressed.

"I'm looking for a family atmosphere and Iowa State definitely had that type of feel," said Niang. "The players were very welcoming to me and I also enjoyed my meeting with the business dean and taking a campus tour. The campus is really nice and overall I had an awsome time at Iowa State."

The 6-foot-7, 235-pound forward told CSR that he has really bonded with the Iowa State coaching staff and that he could definitely see himself playing for Cyclone head coach Fred Hoiberg.

"I have really gotten to know Coach Hoiberg, Lutz, and Otzelberger really well and I feel very comfortable with all of them," said Niang. "The thing I like a lot about Coach Hoiberg is that he's a player's coach that is with you and he's not the type that is going to be screaming at you if you make a mistake. I talked with a lot of the players and they told me that he's always pumping you up and that they actually feel bad if they don't give their best because they know how supportive Coach Hoiberg has been to them."

Georges also realizes that Iowa State is a program that is ready to take off with some major talent ready to take the court over the next few years.

"Playing in the Big 12 you're going against some of the best talent in the country and I know they had players who sat out last year that will really help them," said Niang. "I also know they have Korie Lucious transferring there also which will be huge for them."

Niang told CSR that Coach Hoiberg likes the fact that he is a versatile player.

"I like to take smaller guys down into the post," he said. "But I also like to draw bigger guys away from the basket and to shoot three-pointers when I'm open. I just pretty much will do whatever the team needs for us to win."

Georges now has scholarship offers from George Mason, Siena, Iowa State, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Hofstra, Iowa, Delaware, UNC-Charlotte, Northeastern, and Miami (Ohio) and says that he's not sure yet when he'll be making a final decision.

"After taking my visit to Iowa State I know that they are one of my favorites but I'm just not sure when I'll be making my final decision," said Niang. "I've visited most of the east coast schools and I'll be visiting Iowa this weekend and then I'll go home and talk things over with my dad. I'm not sure when I'll make my decison except for the fact that I know I'll make it before my senior season starts."

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