College Mens Basketball

Georges Niang joins Jarrod Uthoff and Adam Woodbury in Fort Wayne

Ex-Iowa State star Niang assigned to D-League by Pacers

Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff (20) blocks a shot by Iowa State’s Georges Niang (31) in a basketball game at Iowa State’s Hilton Coliseum in December 2015. (The Gazette)
Iowa’s Jarrod Uthoff (20) blocks a shot by Iowa State’s Georges Niang (31) in a basketball game at Iowa State’s Hilton Coliseum in December 2015. (The Gazette)

Ah, the vagaries of fate.

Once, Georges Niang was a rival of Jarrod Uthoff and Adam Woodbury. Niang played for Iowa State, Uthoff and Woodbury for Iowa.

They went in three separate directions after last season, when each was a senior who played in the NCAA tournament. Niang was a second-round draft pick of the Indiana Pacers. Uthoff signed as an undrafted free agent with the Toronto Raptors. Woodbury was selected in the NBA Development League draft by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Niang signed a 2-year contract with Indiana. Uthoff didn’t make the Raptors’ roster, and signed with the team’s D-League squad in Mississauga, Ont. He was traded by Raptors 905 to Fort Wayne last month.

Monday, the Pacers assigned Niang to their Fort Wayne affiliate for the third time this season. Tuesday night, the Mad Ants host Raptors 905.

Niang has played in 21 games with Indiana, averaging 4.1 minutes, 0.9 points and 0.7 rebounds. In four previous games with Fort Wayne, he averaged 31.9 minutes, 17.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

Uthoff is averaging 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds over 25 D-League games. He has played one game with Fort Wayne, a victory last Thursday in which he had 15 points and three blocked shots. Here’s a link to a video interview with Uthoff that is the essence of Uthoff.

Woodbury has played in 11 games for Fort Wayne, averaging 4.3 points and 3.6 rebounds. Here’s a link to a story about Woodbury’s reaction to his team acquiring Uthoff.

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Meanwhile, former Iowa State player Abdel Nader has been named to play in the D-League’s All-Star Game in New Orleans on Feb. 18. Nader is averaging 22.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists for the Maine Red Claws.

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