John Calipari traveled to Benton, KY to check out one of the top center prospects in all of high school basketball.
On Thursday evening, the Kentucky head coach was in attendance at the Marshall County Hoopfest to watch 2021 five-star center Moussa Cisse.
Calipari was joined by UK assistant coach Tony Barbee.
Coach Cal is in to watch Moussa Cisse at marshall county hoopfest pic.twitter.com/7MTV8N9n7X
— demetrius kinnis (@bluecat1613) December 6, 2019
Cisse, a 6-foot-10, 200-pound center out of Memphis, TN, is rated as the No. 9 prospect in the class of 2021 in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Rivals has him listed as the No. 7 overall prospect (No. 2 center), while ESPN has him ranked No. 9 overall (No. 1 center).
With Calipari and Barbee in attendance, Cisse’s Lausanne Collegiate squad fell to Calloway High School – who also features 2021 four-star guard and top-30 prospect Daeshun Ruffin – out of Jackson, MS by a final score of 65-44. The five-star center managed 14 points (5-14 shooting, 2-7 from three), 9 rebounds, 5 blocks, and a steal in the losing effort.
In an interview with Larry Vaught of Vaught’s Views, Cisse said he was “very happy” to see Calipari in attendance.
“Coach Calipari is one of the big coaches. I was very happy to see him here,” Moussa said. “It doesn’t bother me when a big coach like that comes. It’s good to have him watch me but I am not going to try and do too much just because the coach is here. But I really like it, though, that he was here.”
While Cisse’s numbers were solid on the surface, the five-star center told Vaught that he expects more of himself.
“I know I can do better than that. It was kind of like a little bit of pressure and stuff and we just played okay,” Cisse said.
No matter the ups and downs, though, he’ll always keep a smile on his face.
“I just play. I don’t like to get mad at myself. It should be fun. That’s how the game is,” he said.
Cisse holds offers from Kentucky, Memphis, Kansas, UCLA, LSU, Ole Miss, and Georgetown, among others, though Memphis, Kentucky, and Ole Miss have been seen as the early favorites in his recruitment.
This summer on the Nike EYBL circuit, the five-star center averaged 11.8 points (53.2% shooting), 11.2 rebounds, and 3.8 blocks per contest.
His biggest head-turning individual stat line, though, came back in late November when he finished with 31 points, 22 rebounds, and 21 blocks in a single game.
Moussa Cisse, who moved from New York to Memphis earlier this year, is already wrecking folks in the city. The 5-star forward in the Class of 2021 got 32 points, 22 rebounds and 21 blocks — yes, 21 blocks — in a win tonight.
(Twenty-one blocks is outrageous.) https://t.co/kD2BiWMwSb
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) November 26, 2019
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