Former Iowa State basketball star Georges Niang to sign with Utah Jazz

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Former Iowa State basketball star Georges Niang will sign a two-way NBA contract with the Utah Jazz.

A two-time All-American and Iowa State’s No. 2 all-time leading scorer, Niang played for the Santa Cruz Warriors, the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors’ G League affiliate.

He played and started 26 games for Santa Cruz this season, averaging 18.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.

“I’m knocking on the door; I’m right there,” Niang said in November, when Santa Cruz played the Iowa Wolves in Des Moines. “But I have to continue to improve day-in, day-out, and continue to improve on the things they need me to work on."

Niang was drafted by the Indiana Pacers in the second round (Pick No. 50) of the 2016 NBA Draft. He played just 23 games for the Pacers, averaging nearly 1 point and 4 minutes per contest.

Cyclone teammate Naz Mitrou-Long signed a two-way contract with the Jazz last month.

According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah will have to waive either Mitrou-Long or Erik McCree in order to make room for Niang.

Utah (17-24) faces the Charlotte Hornets (15-24) on Friday.

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