HONORS: Academic All-WAC (2008).
THIS SEASON: Has a lot of physical attributes as he is very big and strong, and has the ability to block shots... Must improve his skills and perform more consistently... Also needs to commit to the game mentally and become an everyday player.
2009 SEASON (SO.): Received a medical redshirt after breaking his hand against Howard on Dec. 29... Prior to his injury he had appeared in eight games for an average of 9.3 minutes per contest... His best game of the season was at home against Cal Poly as he scored a career-high eight points on 4-of-5 shooting and added a career-high six rebounds in just 13 minutes... Played a season-high 16 minutes against Howard and had six points and four rebounds before suffering his season-ending injury... Finished the year by averaging 2.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 66.7 percent from the field (8-12) and 45.5 percent from the free throw line (5-11)... Also had four blocks, four assists and two dunks in his eight games.
2008 SEASON (Fr.): Played in 18 games in his freshman season at Utah State and averaged 5.1 minutes per outing... Finished the year by averaging 0.6 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game, while shooting 27.3 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the free throw line... Played a season-high 17 minutes at Cal Poly... Also had season-highs with four points, three rebounds and three blocks against the Mustangs... Earned academic all-WAC honors.
HIGH SCHOOL: Named the top center two years in a row in the National High School Championships in Japan... During his senior season he averaged a double-double as he led the nation in scoring at 32.3 points, to go along with 18.7 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 3.6 blocks per game... Also shot 74.7 percent from the field and 54.2 percent from the free throw line... During his senior season he had season-highs of 51 points and 40 rebounds... Led Hachioji to consecutive National All-Star tournaments... Hachioji High School finished third in the nation during his sophomore season and fourth during his senior season... During his junior season, he averaged 33.6 points, 14.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game as he was named a Tokyo (Kanto) All-Star... Was also named a Tokyo (Kanto) All-Star as a sophomore as he averaged 33.5 points, 20.4 rebounds and 5.3 blocks per game.
PERSONAL: Full name is Modou Niang... Born April 12, 1987 in Richard-Toll, Senegal... One of seven children of Mamadou and N'deye Niang... Majoring in math... Likes bowling, listening to music, reading books and surfing the internet... First name is pronounced Mow-do and his last name is pronounced Knee-yan.
DID YOU KNOW? Modou speaks four different languages - Wolof, French, Japanese and English.
COACH MORRILL ON NIANG: Modou's physical attributes could really help our basketball team if he is willing to become an everyday guy. He needs to play the game strong and physical, and that would give him the ability to be a low-post scoring presence. Now in his third year at Utah State, we are counting on Modou to contribute.
COACH FELTON ON NIANG: Modou is both healthy and comfortable in the Utah State system for the first time. He gives us an athletic presence in the paint and we need him to take off and become our best post defender and rebounder.