Ole Miss Basketball: Rebels land another top player from the transfer portal

OSU's Moussa Cisse (33) celebrates in the final seconds of a 64-51 win against Texas on Jan. 8 in Stillwater.cisse
OSU's Moussa Cisse (33) celebrates in the final seconds of a 64-51 win against Texas on Jan. 8 in Stillwater.cisse /

Ole Miss basketball got more good news earlier this week in the form of Oklahoma State transfer center Moussa Cisse announcing his commitment to play for the Rebels next season.

Regarding the football and basketball programs, Ole Miss has become a hot destination lately for student-athletes in the NCAA transfer portal that are looking to take their talents elsewhere.

It’s become so prevalent for the Rebels football team to land transfers in fact that Ole Miss football head coach Lane Kiffin has been deemed the “Portal King” in college football. He may have some competition on his campus now.

New Ole Miss men’s basketball coach Chris Beard has now landed his fourth commitment via the NCAA transfer portal since taking over as the head man just two months ago, and he may not be done yet.

The latest player to announce he will bring his talents to Oxford for Ole Miss basketball is Moussa Cisse, a 7-foot, 216-pound center from Oklahoma State. He is ranked as ESPN’s ninth-best available player in the NCAA transfer portal.

Originally from Conakry, Guinea, Cisse moved to New York when he was 14 years old. Cisse then moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he attended Lausanne Collegiate School and averaged 18.4 points, 15.3 rebounds, and 9.2 blocks per game in his final year.

Coming out of high school Cisse was a consensus five-star prospect and was ranked as the number one overall player in Tennessee and the number 12 player nationally. Cisse began his college career at Memphis and as a freshman, he averaged 6.6 points playing 18.6 minutes for the Tigers.

Cisse would then transfer to Oklahoma State where he spent the last two seasons. Last year he averaged 6.8 points in 22.6 minutes for the Cowboys. While not a big scorer, Cisse’s strengths are on the defensive side getting blocks and forcing turnovers.

Chris Beard seems to be quickly turning over the Ole Miss basketball roster, a team that won only 13 games this past season.