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'We're going to be really good': Cisse transfers to OSU

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Moussa Cisse

The path to success at Oklahoma State was forged this past season, and now it is becoming more traveled.

The OSU men’s basketball team picked a big transfer on Thursday when Moussa Cisse committed to the Cowboys.

“I see what they (OSU) did with Cade Cunningham,” Cisse told ESPN. “I had to decide whether to go to the NBA or college. I watched a lot of film and saw the way they developed players. That was attractive to me.”

Cisse, a five-star recruit coming out of high school who played his freshman year at Memphis, measures 6-foot-10 and 215 pounds. 

He showcased his strong interior presence for the Tigers last year, averaging 1.6 blocks per game. Cisse also averaged 6.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

The big man tested the NBA waters in the offseason but opted to return for another collegiate season at a school which has had recent success putting out NBA products.

Multiple schools including Kentucky were after Cisse, who was named American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.

The Cowboys have now landed two five-star commits through the transfer portal. Tulsa native Bryce Thompson also committed to OSU after a freshman year at Kansas.

“Mike Boynton has been talking to me for a while now, trying hard,” Cisse said. “I can tell that he really likes me, and he can give me a chance to develop my game and take it to the next level.”

After recently signing a long-term extension with OSU, Boynton has continued to enhance his reputation as an excellent recruiter in the high school ranks and the transfer portal.

The Cowboys have added transfers from Texas Tech and Syracuse to help cushion the loss of Cunningham to the professional ranks, contributing to what will be a blend of returning veterans and new faces.

“Last year I didn’t get to go to the NCAA tournament,” Cisse said. “That’s a big goal of mine. I see all the pieces they’ve got coming back at Oklahoma State. We’re going to be really good.”

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