Former Memphis heart Moussa Cisse, one of many high school basketball huge males to switch this offseason, has dedicated to play at Oklahoma State subsequent season, he informed ESPN on Thursday.
Cisse mentioned he picked Oklahoma State over a gaggle of faculties that included Florida State, Georgia and Kentucky.
“I see what they did with Cade Cunningham,” Cisse mentioned. “I needed to determine whether or not to go to the NBA or school. I watched a variety of movie and noticed the best way they developed gamers. That was engaging to me. Coach Mike Boynton has been speaking to me for some time now, attempting laborious. I can inform that he actually likes me, and he may give me an opportunity to develop my sport and take it to the subsequent degree.”
Cisse, a five-star recruit who was the No. 24 participant within the ESPN 100 out of highschool, was named the American Athletic Convention Rookie of the Yr after a freshman season by which he averaged 6.6 factors, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 18.6 minutes per sport.
He examined the NBA draft waters and earned an invitation to the G League Elite Camp in Chicago however elected to withdraw his identify from draft consideration after ending second on the camp in blocked photographs.
“That was a extremely good expertise of me,” Cisse mentioned. “It was shocking to see how a lot the NBA had been encouraging me. Folks can see how my sport has modified. They see the longer term in me and say they actually like me. They wish to see extra from me, and that is why I would like to enhance my sport.
“I have been watching a variety of the NBA sport, finding out gamers like Clint Capela, Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam and Giannis — huge athletic guys that run the ground, catch lobs and play with talent.”
Cisse measured slightly below 7 ft, 215 kilos, in Chicago with a 7-4½ wingspan and 9-4 standing attain, elite dimensions akin to NBA huge males like Capela, Nerlens Noel and Jaxson Hayes. He might be one of many high returning shot-blockers within the school sport subsequent season, however Cisse mentioned there may be extra to his sport that he’ll be capable to present after spending the offseason figuring out in Atlanta at famend coaching facility P3.
“Everybody goes to be shocked,” Cisse mentioned. “I have been working actually laborious. My shot has developed. I will be a distinct particular person by way of my motion, court docket imaginative and prescient and talent to catch and end across the rim. I have been working laborious on my free throws. I’ve improved doing a variety of the easy issues.”
Oklahoma State returns a lot of its roster from final season, exterior of dropping projected No. 1 decide Cunningham, together with seven of its high eight scorers. That group is headlined by rising junior Avery Anderson III, who flashed star potential at occasions within the Large 12 final season, and massive man Kalib Boone. Rising senior Isaac Likekele would be the chief of the staff along with his versatile sport on each ends of the ground.
The Cowboys discovered further firepower from the switch portal in former five-star recruit Bryce Thompson from Kansas, Texas Tech’s Tyreek Smith and Syracuse’s Woody Newton, giving them one of many deeper groups within the Large 12 and a candidate for preseason Prime 25 consideration with Cisse’s addition.
“Our aim is to win the Large 12 convention event and the nationwide championship,” Cisse mentioned. “Final 12 months I did not get to go to the NCAA event. That is a giant aim of mine. I see all of the items they have coming again at Oklahoma State. We’ll be actually good.
“The teaching employees informed me I will preserve doing what I do nicely, however I am going to have the ability to get extra touches and present I can face up within the publish. Coach is aware of I can shoot slightly from midrange. I simply must preserve working, develop and assist my staff win video games.”
Jonathan Givony is an NBA draft professional and the founder and co-owner of DraftExpress.com, a non-public scouting and analytics service utilized by NBA, NCAA and worldwide groups.