Well, here’s some interesting news to start your Wednesday. Five-star center Moussa Cisse, a top ten 2021 recruit, is graduating high school early and reclassifying to 2020. He will be eligible to enroll in college this summer and Kentucky is one of his six finalists, along with LSU, Florida State, Georgia, Memphis, and Georgetown. He intends to announce his college decision next week when he receives his diploma.
“I am trying to find the best way to the NBA,” Cisse told ESPN. “I want to see how my college career will go, but if I do well, I will definitely try to make a move to the NBA. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to compete at the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp scrimmages because of Tennessee rules. I was invited to the Nike Hoop Summit, which was canceled, and I missed playing in the EYBL again this summer, so I will try to catch up with what I lost in college and make sure NBA teams learn more about me. I have a lot of work to do.”
Cisse, a 6’10” 220 lbs. big man originally from Guinea, moved to the United States in 2015 and has been living in Memphis since last summer. He took an unofficial visit to Kentucky back on October 11, 2019 for Big Blue Madness, and hosted John Calipari in back-to-back weeks in December. Because he lives in Memphis, the Tigers have the momentum and he tells ESPN he’s played in open gyms against James Wiseman and Precious Achiuwa. He grew up playing soccer, so his basketball stills are still taking shape, but the tools and raw talent are there. He has a 7’4″ wingspan and 9’4″ standing reach, and led the Nike EYBL in blocked shots last season with 4.5 per game and finished second in rebounding with 11.3 boards per game.
“Blocking shots is a gift for me,” Cisse said. I’ve never worked on it. It comes from my motor and my energy. I like to win and playing defense helps, but I can do more than that.”
Hmm. Kentucky could certainly use a big man next season, especially if Olivier Sarr isn’t eligible.
Jack Pilgrim will have more on Kentucky’s chances later today. In the meantime, watch Cisse’s film below.