Well, well, well... Saturday’s game between Ole Miss and Memphis just got quite a bit more interesting.
News broke Tuesday after Ole Miss’ win over NC State that seven foot big man Moussa Cisse had been cleared by the NCAA to play this season in Oxford. Cisse began his college career at Memphis before transferring to Oklahoma St. for the past two seasons.
Alhamdoulilah— Moussa Cisse 33 (@moussacisse224) November 29, 2023
Cisse, a native of Guinea, tweeting “Thanks be to God” in Arabic on Tuesday evening seemingly right after the news came down.
Now, the Rebels have not one seven foot big on its eligible roster but two, which if I remember basketball values height, should be a very good thing.
In his freshman season with the Tigers, Cisse started 28 games and averaged 6.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. The next two seasons he had pretty similar output for the Cowboys, and he generally would be expected to give 20 to 25 minutes per game and be a shotblocking threat (1.8 blocks per game) and solid rebounder (7 rebounds per game, career).
So far this season, 7’5” center Jamarion Sharp is playing 20 minutes per game with 4.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. It bears to reason Cisse and Sharp would alternate on the floor giving Ole Miss size under the rim for an entire game now. Ideal situation in my opinion.
Now how motivated to topple Memphis will Cisse be? Maybe there is nothing but love, but I don’t think you transfer away without some animosity. We will find out when the ball is tipped 1 p.m. on Saturday at the SJB Pavilion in Oxford.