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Peter Jok, Georges Niang have friendly bet on Iowa-Iowa State basketball to benefit children's hospital

Peter Jok and Georges Niang. (The Gazette and USA TODAY Sports)
Peter Jok and Georges Niang. (The Gazette and USA TODAY Sports)

Former Iowa and Iowa State basketball players are turning some friendly gameday trash talk into a charitable wager.

Georges Niang tweeted the proposition to Peter Jok before Thursday’s Iowa-Iowa State game. If Iowa wins, Niang said he will $1,000 to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. If Iowa State is victorious, Jok will donate $1,000 to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines.

The Cyclones were 3-1 in the series during Niang’s career, and won all three games when both Niang and Jok were in college. Niang provided an iconic moment in 2014 when he blew a kiss to Iowa fans during a 90-75 win in which he scored 16 points in Iowa City.

Jok got a win in his senior season last year, when he scored 23 points in a 78-64 victory at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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Both players are now in the NBA G-League. Niang is averaging 18.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 33.1 minutes for the Santa Cruz Warriors. Jok has played in one game for the Northern Arizona Suns.

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