Iowa State’s Georges Niang and Bryce Dejean-Jones earned Phillips 66 Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Week honors after their performances against Lamar and Arkansas last week. Dejean-Jones shared the newcomer award with Baylor’s Lester Medford.
Niang, who earned his third career honor, averaged 19.5 points and shot 75 percent (15-of-20) from the floor as the Cyclones bounced back from their first loss of the season with a pair of home wins. The junior forwarded started the week with 13 points in 22 minutes versus the Cardinals. He then had 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting with a career-high tying eight assists as ISU beat the Razorbacks in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Niang is averaging 19.5 points this season while shooting 51.9 percent from the field and 90.6 percent from the free throw line.
Dejean-Jones scored in double figures in both Cyclone victories. The senior guard was two assists short of a triple-double against Lamar, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. He followed that performance with a season-high 27 points on 8-of-8 shooting, the best field goal percentage by any Big 12 player this season. For the week, he shot 68.4 percent and made 5-of-10 from 3-point range, while converting 8-of-9 (.889) from the free throw line. He ranks among the top 10 in the Big 12 in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, assists and steals. The award was Dejean-Jones’ second this season.
The Cyclones return to action Tuesday when they host UMKC. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
(release courtesy of cyclones.com)