"MADE MY COLLEGE DECISION COMITTED TO IOWA STATE THANK YOU TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY FOR HELPING ME THROUGH THIS PROCESS [sic]," he wrote.
Over the weekend, Niang told ESPN.com, "I'm not really looking at anyone else," when asked about his commitment.
"I was ready," Niang said. "It's the best fit for me and I felt really comfortable with (Head) Coach (Fred) Hoiberg. He recruited me the whole time and was on me hard. I like their assistants too, but Coach Hoiberg was the main reason. My mother could've left me there after this weekend and I would've been fine."
The 6-foot-7 Methuen native his seen his stock rise steadily over the last nine months, as he led the Rams to their fourth straight NEPSAC championship this past March. He chose the Cyclones over interest from Iowa, Texas A&M, Michigan, Colorado, Miami, Providence, UMass, Rhode Island, Northeastern and George Mason, among others; but Iowa State had been one of the few top-six conference schools to show significant interest as long as it has.
Scouts Inc.'s current evaluation on Niang reads as follows:
Niang is a highly skilled four-man who can score both inside and out. He is a throwback low-post player with exceptional footwork and a wide arsenal of offensive moves featuring every pivot and counter move in the book as well as a soft touch over either shoulder. Niang is equally dangerous on the perimeter as he has picture perfect shooting mechanics and is a very dangerous catch and shoot threat all the way out to the three-point line.
Niang's physical tools are far from ideal as he has a fairly soft body and limited conditioning. While he needs to tighten his frame and improve his conditioning, he may never be the type of player that can see more than 25 minutes in a college game. He plays almost exclusively under the rim during the course of the game, unless totally uncontested, is somewhat limited defensively, and rarely rebounds outside of his area.
Niang's ceiling is limited by his lack of physical tools but he couldn't be much more skilled than he already is at his position and projects as a very effective college basketball player at the proper level.