Utah State Signs Senagalese Post Player

November 14th, 2006

LOGAN, Utah ­ Utah State¹s head men's basketball coach Stew Morrill announced Tuesday the signing of Modou Niang (pronounced Mo-do Knee-yan) to a national letter of intent to compete for the Aggies beginning in the 2007-08 season.

Niang, a 6-10, 240-pound center from Senegal, is currently a senior at Hachioji (pronounced Ha-che-O-gee) High School in Tokyo, Japan and is averaging 29.0 points and 17.0 rebounds through four games.

"Modou is an exciting addition to our program," said Morrill. "He is an athletic post player who appreciates the opportunity to come to the United States and get an education, while playing Division I basketball. Modou is a bright young man with very good potential and has all the tools necessary to be successful. His developmental time-line will depend on his adjustment to our culture, as well as the work ethic he possesses."

As a prep junior, Niang averaged 33.6 points, 14.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game as he was named a Tokyo (Kanto) all-star. During the 2005-06 season, Niang led his team to the Inter High School Championship semifinals and the Winter Cup Quarterfinals. He was also named a Tokyo(Kanto) all-star during his sophomore season.

From UtahStateAggies.com