Iowa State Cyclones

Kinnick Game Face: Georges Niang

Former Cyclone basketball All-America here to cheer

Georges Niang and Robbie Maass, tailgating near Kinnick Stadium on 9.8.18. (Mike Hlas/The Gazette)
Georges Niang and Robbie Maass, tailgating near Kinnick Stadium on 9.8.18. (Mike Hlas/The Gazette)

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.

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