A three-year letterwinner at KU whose playing career ended following the 2004-05 season due to back troubles... Naing will be a student assistant for the Jayhawks in 2005-06 as he completes his degree in business finance.
Junior Season (2004-05)
Appeared in 12 games as a junior... Provided seven minutes against Georgia Tech, grabbing two rebounds... Played a season-high 11 minutes, scoring four points and grabbing a career-high six rebounds against Texas A&M... Grabbed one rebound in three minutes in KU's win at Kentucky... Scored three points and grabbed one rebound against Texas... Had two points and one rebound at Nebraska.
Sophomore Season (2003-04)
Was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Team... Saw action in 27 games for the Crimson and Blue... Averaged 0.9 points and 1.1 rebounds in 4.7 minutes per game... Shot 70 percent from the free throw line and added six blocks on the season... Began the season with two points, a block and rebound in just one minute of action on Nov. 21 against UT Chattanooga... Scored three points and pulled down five rebounds in 18 minutes against Fort Hays State on Dec. 10... Logged a season-high 19 minutes, adding two points, five rebounds, one block, one steal and one assist, while going a perfect six-for-six from the free throw line against Oregon on Dec. 13... Tallied a career-high eight points and three steals against Binghamton on Dec. 29... Played 14 minutes and chipped in two points and two rebounds versus Colorado on Jan. 5... Recorded two points and one rebound against Missouri on Feb. 2... Poured in four points and three rebounds in nine minutes of action against Nebraska on March 3... Added one point and one rebound in just three minutes against Illinois-Chicago on March 19.
Freshman Season (2002-03)
Saw action in 28 games, logging 6.9 minutes per contest... Averaged 1.3 points and 1.5 rebounds per game... Blocked four shots and managed 14 steals... Nailed 10 free throws... Made his KU debut on Nov. 19 against Holy Cross, as he played nine minutes, went 1-for-1 from the field for two points and grabbed two rebounds... Swiped a career-best three steals against UNC Greensboro on Nov. 22... Played six minutes versus Florida in the Preseason NIT on Nov. 29 in Madison Square Garden, registering three points and a career-high five rebounds against the Gators... Racked up three points and three boards in nine minutes played versus Emporia State on Dec. 14... Tallied two points and two boards in seven minutes of action against UNC Asheville on Jan. 2... Registered two points, two rebounds and a block on Jan. 4 versus UMKC... Had four boards and two steals against Wyoming on Jan. 15... Tallied two points, three boards and a block versus Kansas State on Jan. 18... Played a career-high 20 minutes at Colorado on Jan. 22, scoring two points and grabbing two rebounds... Had two points in three minutes at Nebraska on Feb. 1... Poured in two points at Baylor on Feb. 11... Ripped down three rebounds in a home win over Iowa State on Feb. 16... Had two points, three rebounds and one steal versus Texas A&M on Feb. 26... Tallied two points, two boards and one assist in nine minutes of action in KU's regular-season finale at Missouri on March 9... Scored two points and snagged one rebound versus Iowa State in the Big 12 Tournament on March 14... Recorded two points and one board against Arizona State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on March 22 in Oklahoma City... Final appearance of the season came on April 5 in the NCAA national semifinals against Marquette, where he played four minutes, scoring two points and grabbing one rebound.
El Cajon Christian High School (2002)... Coached by Curtis Hofmeister... Averaged 16.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game his senior season... Shot 53 percent from the floor... Led the Patriots to a 20-9 record as a senior... Named first-team All-County after his senior campaign... Tabbed Harbor League Player of the Year as a junior and senior... Tallied 12.5 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior... Helped Christian High to a 22-6 record and an appearance in the sectional semifinals his junior year... Named MVP of the West Hills Tournament his junior year.
Off The Court
Niang (pronounced Nyawn) is a native of Senegal, West Africa, and has only been in America for four years... He has only played basketball for 10 years, after spending the majority of his childhood on the soccer field... Named captain of the San Diego Union-Tribune's All-Academic team after posting a 3.92 grade point average as a senior... Chose KU over UConn and San Diego State... One of many recent Kansas players to travel to Lawrence from California, including such notables as Drew Gooden, Jacque Vaughn, Rex Walters, Scot Pollard, Paul Pierce and Adonis Jordan... Joins former Jayhawk big men Roger Brown and Wayne Hightower in wearing the number 55.
2004: Academic All-Big 12.