IOWA CITY — “This,” said Georges Niang, “is crazy.”
The former Iowa State second-team All-America basketball player flew from Utah to Iowa this weekend to attend Saturday’s Iowa State-Iowa football game at Kinnick Stadium.
“I’ve never done this before in Iowa City,” Niang said in a congested tailgating area just off Melrose Avenue. “This is pretty amazing. Awesome.”
Niang, a third-year pro, signed a guaranteed contract for the 2018-19 season with the NBA’s Utah Jazz in July. But on Saturday his mind was on football.
“I wanted to come see the Cyclones take home a victory,” he said.
Niang was at the game with friend Robbie Maass of Ellsworth, 20 miles north of Ames.
“It’s like walking around with the Pope,” Maass said.