As it turns out, there's at least one elite prospect still to be signed in college basketball's 2020 recruiting class. Moussa Cisse, who has been ranked as the No. 8 prospect in the 2021 class, announced Wednesday that he is reclassifying to 2020 as he seeks to expedite his path to professional basketball.
The 6-foot-11 forward is considering Kentucky, LSU, Florida State, Georgia, Memphis and Georgetown and would be a welcome jolt to any of those lineups. By reclassifying, Cisse became the most-touted uncommitted prospect in the class.
"I am trying to find the best way to the NBA," Cisse told ESPN. "I want to see how my college career will go, but if I do well, I will definitely try to make a move to the NBA. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to compete at the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp scrimmages because of Tennessee rules. I was invited to the Nike Hoop Summit, which was canceled, and I missed playing in the EYBL again this summer, so I will try to catch up with what I lost in college and make sure NBA teams learn more about me. I have a lot of work to do."
He and No. 16 overall prospect Makur Maker are the only top-50 players in the class who have yet to announce where they will play next season. Maker has the option of entering the NBA Draft because of his age. Cisse does not.
Cisse's reclassification comes a week after Kentucky secured the top spot in the final class of 2020 team recruiting rankings from 247Sports. But even if Cisse does not pick Kentucky, the Wildcats' appear to have a wide enough margin to retain their spot atop the recruiting rankings.
Regarded as an elite shot blocker and rebounder, Cisse dominated low-level private school competition at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis after moving to the city from New York ahead of the 2019-20 season.