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2020 five-star center Moussa Cisse commits to Memphis

Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike

Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike

As expected, Moussa Cisse is headed to Memphis.

The 2020 five-star center shared the news with ESPN this afternoon, picking Penny Hardaway’s Tigers over Kentucky, Florida State, Georgetown, Georgia, and LSU. The 6’10” 220 lbs. native of Guinea has been playing high school ball for Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis since last year and reclassified from 2021 to 2020 in late May.

LSU was once considered the frontrunner, but with the NCAA handing down numerous Notices of Allegations and punishments following college basketball’s recent pay-for-play scandal, the momentum shifted to Memphis. Although listed as one of his finalists, Kentucky hasn’t been viewed as a major contender for months.

“Coach Penny Hardaway is a legend and can help me develop my game and take it to the next level,” Cisse told ESPN. “He has a lot of influence in the league. I’ve been in Memphis for a year now and everyone is telling me to stay. With all this stuff we’re facing with the pandemic, I didn’t get to go visit any other schools except Florida State. I’m getting a lot of love from the fans.”

Best of luck to him.

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10 Comments for 2020 five-star center Moussa Cisse commits to Memphis



  1. wildcats8
    4:16 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

    Penny hardapay strikes again



  2. CatsFanFrankfort
    4:18 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

    I swear this isnt about sour grapes at all, and more of a comment on Cal’s history with guys he cools off on early in the recruiting process, but I honestly would not be surprised if we learned in a few months’ time that he has some sort of violation and is ruled ineligible. I hope not, and best of luck to him! But Cal always seems to know….



  3. BobbyBlue
    4:23 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

    FedX U is such a shock— now can KSR please bite the bullet and finally drop coverage on this guy ?



  4. UKFanSC
    4:26 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

    Guys a project. Think skinny Daniel Orton



  5. BlueBanker18
    4:27 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

    Isn’t he the only incoming freshman commitment to Memphis?



    • TonyMontana
      9:45 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

      Yes. They offered 24 freshmen and he’s the only one that committed. (They did land a Juco and 2 transfers)



  6. JGo
    5:11 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

    Obviously not a real 5 star. Took the easy route. MOVING ON….



  7. dkcr96
    6:13 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

    He could be the difference for them getting to the final four of the NIT instead of barely making the NIT tournament. Difference maker!



  8. lizard king
    9:37 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

    So penny is a good coach, guess that cousin who killed his other cousin over that is feeling dumb now



  9. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    9:41 pm July 15, 2020 Permalink

    Penny couldn’t get his best player into more than a couple of college games how is he supposed to get someone into the NBA. The kid will go early in the draft because Penny’s coaching didn’t get a chance to make him look bad.