Justin Ites

As the final seconds ticked off the clock during Friday's NCAA Sweet 16 matchup between Iowa State and Virginia, the curtain not only closed on the 2015-16 Cyclone basketball season, but also one of the greatest players to wear the cardinal and gold.

Georges Niang arrived in Ames as a pudgy Massachusetts student-athlete. Four years later, he will leave with one of - if not the biggest - revered careers in school history.

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