Moussa Cisse recently announced his decision to reclass from the class of 2021 to the class of 2020. The 5-star is ranked number 9 in the class of 2020 and plans to announce his commitment next week.
Cisse is down to a final six of, Kentucky, LSU, Florida State, Georgia, Memphis, and Georgetown. With a decision coming it seems like LSU is the heavy favorite to land the talented big man.
LSU: The Tigers have emerged as the clear favorites as of late and Will Wade getting this one done will be a big boost for the Tigers heading into this season. LSU already landing elite scoring 5-star Cam Thomas along with 2 other top 100 4-stars, and a trio of 3-stars already have the 6th best recruiting class in the nation. Wade also added Shareef O’Neal after he transferred from UCLA. With Emmitt Williams and Trendon Watford still having their names in the NBA Draft, Cisse will keep LSU as a top team in the SEC.
Memphis: Cisse transferred from one of the best New York City high schools, Christ The King, to attend high school in Memphis at Lausanne Collegiate School. After that news broke Moussa became a heavy Memphis lean but that has seemed to fall apart obviously. After one of the top recruiting classes in 2019 which ended up being a complete bust, Hardaway has failed to put anything together. With just one commit the Tigers are at the bottom in recruiting behind teams like San Jose State. If they want to land Cisse, Hardaway will have to put on the full court press and go back door to land him.
Kentucky: Kentucky has always been a school to land top recruits so being in the top 6 here doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Definitely not the front runners, it might be a little too late for them to make that push. With Kentucky already landing star forwards Lance Ware and Isaiah Jackson along with Wake Forest transfer big man, Olivier Sarr, who is hoping for a waiver, the Wildcats will be just fine without Cisse. If Sarr can’t land a waiver then they have a hole to fill in the front court and missing on Cisse could hurt.
Florida State: Florida State has already landed the #6 player in the country, Scottie Barnes, who will play the 4. Leonard Hamilton will definitely have to make a push but I wouldn’t rule them out just yet. If they manage to find a way to land Cisse, they will have one of the best front courts in the nation despite being young.
Georgia: After landing Anthony Edwards last year, Tom Crean showed he will be able to bring in some top players. Unfortunately that might not be Cisse. Still was able to land a top-100 player and did very well in the transfer market. PJ Horne was one of the best transfers out there but still might be a little small in the frontcourt.
Georgetown: The name Patrick Ewing helps the Hoyas a lot here and is probably the only reason they made the top 6 for Cisse. A big man with a clear NBA future would benefit a lot from one year under a former big as good as Ewing was. Unfortunately the Hoyas lost just about their entire team and that won’t be a situation Cisse will be advised to walk into.
With Moussa Cisse set to announce his commitment sometime next week, LSU is the clear favorite.
My pick: LSU