One big transfer goes off the board, but a former top-10 recruit just joined the portal.
Transfer season is still going.
Each day, there is an impact player that enters the transfer portal, and that is what has happened earlier this evening.
Matt Zenitz of AL.com reports that Memphis freshman Moussa Cisse has decided to transfer out of Penny Hardaway’s program. Jeff Borzello also released the report around the same time to confirm the news.
Have learned that Memphis basketball center Moussa Cisse, one of the top-ranked players in the 2020 recruiting class, has entered the transfer portal. Was ranked as the No. 2 center and No. 10 overall recruit in the 2020 class per the 247 Composite rankings.
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) April 26, 2021
This move comes a few weeks after he declared for the 2021 NBA Draft, but stated he was going to retain his NCAA eligibility. He is still extremely raw, and as it appears he would go undrafted if he decided to keep his name in the draft.
Overall Cisse (6-10, 220 pounds) had a decent season for the Tigers. He started all 28 games and averaged 18.6 minutes per game. He scored 6.6 points on 55% shooting with 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He was named the AAC Freshman of the Year.
Originally from Conakry (Guinea), Cisse played his high school basketball in Memphis for Lausanne Collegiate School. He was a consensus five-star prospect, and according to 247 Sports Composite, was the 10th-ranked player in the country. He ultimately chose the Tigers over a final list that featured Kentucky, LSU, Florida State, Georgia, and Georgetown.
Here is what Jerry Meyer had to say regarding Cisse coming out of high school:
“Has a slender build with a long wingspan. Plays with energy and chip on his shoulder. Is a mobile athlete who will chase down the ball. Quality finisher around the rim. Is a tremendous rebounder. Limited in his offensive skill set at this point. Tough defender who is a top level shot blocker. First rounder on length, athleticism and energy. Must develop offensive skills to be an impact NBA player.”
Once again, Cisse could be a name to keep an eye on to see if Kentucky shows any interest. It’s worth noting that Walker Kessler is the only frontcourt player that has been publicly connected to the Wildcats, but with Moussa’s defensive ability and the multi-year eligibility, he could be a player to watch.
While Cisse is now one of the biggest frontcourt names available, we did see arguably the best one go off the board today, as Dylan Disu committed to the Texas Longhorns.
The former Vanderbilt Commodores star is actually a Texas native, so it’s no real surprise to see him heading back to the Longhorn State to continue his college basketball career.
Disu, 6-9 and 220 pounds, is originally from Pflugerville (TX) and was a three-star prospect in the class of 2019. He choose Vanderbilt over offers from Stanford, Texas A&M, Illinois, Georgia Tech, SMU, and a few others.
This past season, Disu made a huge jump as a sophomore for the Commodores. He averaged 15 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists, shot 49.2% from the field, and hit 36.9% of his limited three-point attempts.
This is a huge blow for Jerry Stackhouse and the Vanderbilt program. Alongside Scottie Pippen Jr. entering the NBA Draft, which was a wide expected move, Vandy could be without it’s top two scoring options next season.
After the Kentucky staff reached out to players such as Walker Kessler, it wouldn’t have been a surprise for them to kick the tires on a player like Disu, but there was never any reported contact, as Disu was widely expected to end up back in Texas once he entered the portal.
If Keion Brooks decides to either transfer or pursue his professional options, Disu could have fit the mold as a plug-and-play forward, especially if Coach Cal is set on playing 4-out 1-in basketball, his skill set was definitely enticing.