Iowa State Cyclones‘ junior forward Georges Niang is having an outstanding 2014-15 season, and this week he learned he is a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy.
Niang is one of 16 finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, awarded annually to the most outstanding college basketball player for that season. The award has been presented since 1959.
The Iowa State forward is averaging 14.6 points per game, fourth best in the Big 12 this season, and 5.4 rebounds. Niang is the only junior in the country with 1,300 points, 450 rebounds and 250 assists in their career. He averaged 16.7 points a game as a sophomore and 12.7 his freshman season in 2012-13.
Niang’s breakout season his sophomore year came to a abrupt end in the second round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago when he injured his right foot. The Massachusetts native rehabbed during the offseason and lost 25 pounds, which helped improve his strength and physical stamina and made him an even better all-around player in the current season.
The 14 candidates consist of the nation’s standout players and leading contenders to be named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-America Team. Niang is one of six juniors who remain in consideration for the Oscar Robertson Trophy.
Niang is remains in consideration for both the John R. Wooden Award and the Naismith Award, the two most prestigious individual awards in college basketball.
Only two players from the Big 12 Conference have won the Oscar Robertson Trophy: Kevin Durant of Texas (2006-07) and Blake Griffin of Oklahoma (2008-09).
The award will be presented at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 14 in Oklahoma City.