Niang named to Wooden Award list

LOS ANGELES – Iowa State men’s basketball junior forward Georges Niang was named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25.

The Wooden Award is given annually to the nation’s best college basketball player. Niang was chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based by his performance in the first half of the 2014-15 season.

A native of Metheun, Mass., Niang is the top scorer (15.2) for the Cyclones, ranking fifth in the Big 12 Conference in points per game. He also averages 5.5 boards and 3.6 assists as one of only 15 players nationally to average over 15 points, five rebounds and three assists per game.

Gannon to play in Gridiron Showcase

AMES – Iowa State senior offensive lineman Jacob Gannon has been invited to participate in the 2015 College Gridiron Showcase on January 31 at Maverick Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The CGS is an all-star football game featuring the top college seniors from around the country. The players were selected by a panel of football experts and will receive professional coaching, mentoring and seminars that will benefit them as they move forward in their professional lives.

Gannon, a native of Iowa City, was an honorable mention all-Big 12 Conference selection in 2014. The senior started nine games in 2014 and racked up 21 career starts.

Gannon is one of three Cyclones invited to play in a postseason all-star game. Center Tom Farniok is participating in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (Jan. 17) and tight end E.J. Bibbs is playing in the Reese’s Senior Bowl (Jan. 24).

Cotton-Moya honored by FWAA

AMES – Iowa State freshman safety Kamari Cotton-Moya was named to the 14th annual Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-America Team.

The voters consisted of a 10-person panel of nationally prominent writers representing each of the Football Bowl Subdivision conferences.

A native of Bakersfield, Calif., Cotton-Moya started 11 games, leading the team in tackles (77) and ranking third on the team in pass breakups (8). He also registered two tackles for loss and one forced fumble.

Cotton-Moya was named the 2014 Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.