Niang Completes Iowa Tour

George Niang holds offers from Iowa and Iowa State. The Class of '12 forward from New Hampshire visited the schools this week. Could his decision come down to the in-state rivals? Get the latest on his recruitment in this update.

Sitting in the background, George Niang's mom knows the question just asked to her son without hearing it.

"Don't let him trick you into saying something you don't want to," she says with a chuckle.

"She looks out for me," Niang says. "She knows what's going on."

Even if Niang favored Iowa or Iowa State as his college choice, he isn't going to say. The Class of 2012 forward sells the "even" concept after visiting the schools unofficially this week.

"I truly love them both," the 6-foot-7, 235-pound product of New Hampshire's Tilton School. "I'm honestly being truthful when I say I don't have a favorite. I could see myself in a Hawkeye uniform. I can see myself in a Cyclone uniform.

"I felt good and liked what I saw at both places. I'm just going to keep talking to the coaches and getting to know them better."

Iowa and Iowa State are the only BCS level schools to offer Niang a scholarship to this point, he said. He also reports offers from George Mason, Siena, Northeastern, Delaware, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Florida Atlantic and Miami of Ohio.

It seemed clear that Niang favors Iowa and Iowa State to his mid-major offers. That said, he's not rushing his college decision as he can't sign a binding letter of intent with a school until mid-November.

"In the end, I hope I end up at the best place and with the best opportunity," Niang said. "I know players get pressured to make a quick decision and they end up not enjoying the process. I used to be stressed out about it at the beginning, but I made a decision to have fun with this.

"This is the only time in your life when someone wants you this much. I'm just going to keep playing basketball, doing my homework and then sit down and make a decision."

Niang doesn't anticipate making choosing a program before the July evaluation period ends.

"It's hard to say exactly because I don't know what schools might come into the mix," he said. "I could possible commit before schools starts again, and I'll probably do it before my season. I want to sign during the first period (in November)."

Niang said location isn't a big consideration in his recruitment.

"I have friends who play 30 minutes from home and they never see their families," he said. "If you're playing college basketball, there isn't a lot of free time."

Niang said he's developing a good relationship with Head Coach Fran McCaffery and assistant Andrew Francis at Iowa. He's also hit it off with Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg.

"I feel comfortable with both staffs," he said. "Coach Hoiberg is real easy to talk to and down to earth. I've talked to Coach McCaffery a few times and he's really easy going. I mostly talk to Coach Francis and we just talk about life, not basketball, a lot of the time. I connected with everybody on the Iowa staff when I was out there and it's really family oriented, which I like."

Niang plays in the same high school league as did Iowa freshmen Melsahn Basabe.

"I knew of him from playing against him, but it wasn't on a personal level," Niang said. "We got to hang out and he's real cool. I also hung out with (Devyn) Marble and (Andrew) Brommer. They're all really funny guys. I definitely feel like I can fit in there with those guys."

Niang said he has no more visits scheduled at the present time.


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