If you have been following prominent figures who have made Senegal proud in the diaspora, chances are that you have met Georges Niang. The famous basketball player started his professional career in 2006 and has earned a number of awards and special recognition for his achievements in his team and his contribution to the game. Niang’s career highlights and awards, as detailed in his profile, are First Team All NBA G League (2018), Karl Malone Award (2016), MVP of the Big 12 Tournament (2015), Third Team All-American – AP, NABC (2015), Third Team All-Big 12 (2014), Consensus Second Team All-American (2016), 2× First Team All-Big 12 (2015, 2016) and Big 12 All-Rookie Team (2013). Read on to learn more about the American-Senegalese athlete.
Georges Niang’s Bio
Georges Niang is a skilled athlete who plays the forward position for the Utah Jazz basketball team of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His parents welcomed him to the world on June 17, 1993, and he was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, in the United States of America. Georges is an American of American nationality and has African roots; he is of Senegalese descent.
The Utah Jazz basketball player attended the Tilton-based high school, The Tilton School, where he broke the school record of 2,372 points and became one of the greatest players the school has ever produced. As a junior, he averaged 8.2 rebounds and 24.2 points, and in his senior year, he averaged 7.2 rebounds, 25.1, 2.1 assists per game. While at Tilton, Georges was named NEPSAC Class AA Player of the Year in 2012. He was named First Team All-NEPSAC Class AA three times and also helped his team beat St. Mark’s in the 2011 NEPSAC Class AA Championship. He was named the tournament’s outstanding player for his dedication and performance in the championship after scoring 23 points in the 11-of-11 shootout from the field. Georges Niang has also represented the Boston-based BABC AAU team in a basketball league. Along with Nerlens Noel, who was his high school and (Athletic Amateur Union Tournament) AAU teammate, the Utah Jazz player won a Nike EYBL title, four NEPSAC titles, a national AAU championship, and a national preparation championship. Georges ended his career on an impressive note, being ranked as one of the best players on the East Coast and a consensus of national top 100 recruits. He was also ranked 69th by Scout.com, 42nd by Lindy’s, 69th by Rivals.com, 56th by ESPNU, 81st by CBS Sports, and 73rd by Sporting News.
The basketball center player received offers from schools such as Seton Hall, Texas A&M, Providence, and Iowa. Eventually, he signed up for the state of Iowa and played for the university basketball team from 2012 to 2016, achieving massive successes, including the first two-time All-American, the first player to reach four straight NCAA tournaments, the career leader in most wins (98) and games played (138).
After graduating from college in 2016, Niang joined the NBA Draft in the same year. He was then selected by the Indiana Pacers on June 23 as the 50th in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft but was not considered by the Pacers on July 14, 2017. His next stop was the Golden State Warriors, who signed him on August 16, 2017. His assignment with the Warriors did not last long, however, as he was officially recalled from the team on October 14, 2017, which prompted the Santa Cruz Warriors to sign him as a partner player.
George Niang continued to expand his game in the league and gathered more fans than many could imagine. Later, on January 14, 2018, he signed a two-year contract with Utah Jazz, who assigned him the position of Naz Mitrou-Long. For the rest of the season, Niang divided his time on the field between Utah Jazz and the Salt Lake City Stars, the partner of the NBA G League in Utah. George extended his stay with Jazz on July 13, 2018, to three more years.
His Family, Parents
It seems that Georges is his parents’ only child, as there is no record of his father and mother had other children. The Utah Jazz star is the son of Alison Niang (mother) and Sidy Niang (father). Sidney is an African man who was born and raised in Senegal. It is believed that he moved to the United States before his only child arrived.
Height and Weight
Obviously not the tallest player in the NBA but Niang’s height of 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 meters) and weight of 105 kilograms (231 lb) have never posed a challenge to his fast-growing career.
From 2016, Georges Niang’s salary will be $650,000. After his three-year contract with Utah Jazz, the basketball player is to take home an average annual salary of $1,647,172. His contract with his current basketball team will be worth $4,941,515 and is guaranteed at $1,512,601.