Big man Moussa Cisse is leaving Memphis after one season and transferring to Oklahoma State.
A five-star recruit in the class of 2020, the 6-foot-10, 220-pound center announced his decision Thursday on ESPN.
“I see what they did with Cade Cunningham,” Cisse said, referring to the one-and-done Cowboys guard who is widely projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft on July 29.
“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. Coach Mike Boynton has been talking to me for a while now, trying hard. 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.”
Cisse was named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in 2020-21 after averaging 6.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 28 games (all starts) with the Tigers.
He originally declared for the 2021 NBA Draft on April 6 before entering the NCAA transfer portal on April 27. He was also considering Cincinnati, Creighton, Florida State and Georgia.
Oklahoma State lost Cunningham but returns seven of the top eight scorers from a team that finished 21-9 (11-7 Big 12) and earned a No. 4 seed in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.