Status: UK target
Center | 6-10 | 210
School: Lausanne (Tenn.)
Home country: Guinea
Cisse is a native of Guinea and played high school ball in the New York City area before moving to Memphis ahead of his junior year of high school. John Calipari visited and extended a scholarship offer shortly after that, making Cisse one of the first players from the 2021 class to receive that honor from Kentucky.
His top-10 ranking nationally is well-deserved. The athletic frontcourt prospect was one of only four players to average a double-double during the Nike regular season in 2019, and he was also second in the league in blocked shots while playing alongside UK signee Terrence Clarke for the same Nike program that produced current UK center Nick Richards.
Early in his junior season, Cisse put up this ridiculous triple-double stat line: 31 points, 22 rebounds and 21 blocked shots.
It’s clear why Kentucky would want a versatile, rim-protecting center like that, but the buzz in recruiting circles — at least, going into Cisse’s junior year — is that Memphis is very well-positioned to land his eventual commitment.
There is no timetable for his college announcement, however, and Kentucky should still have plenty of time to make up some ground in his recruitment, if Memphis is indeed the early leader.
Cisse averaged 11.8 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocked shots per game while playing alongside UK signee Terrence Clarke on the Nike circuit.
“I think where he brings a lot of value is with his rim-protection and shot-blocking. He’s got good positional size. He’s long. He’s quick off his feet and athletic. And he’s one of the best shot-blockers in the country, regardless of class. That’s where his biggest value is. But, obviously, he can also run and jump, finish plays around the rim — he’s active and energetic. He brings a lot to the table.”
-Recruiting analyst Evan Daniels