Mohamadou Cisse, who comes from Junior College, chooses La Salle


Over 7'3″ tall junior college prospect for 2024 Mohamadou Cisse has been busy finding a spot for the upcoming season lately. According to Jake Lieberman of JALhoops, Cisse received an offer from Seton Hall yesterday after a Zoom meeting with the Pirates.

Cisse, who began his career in St. Louis, also recently hosted meetings with Chattanooga and La Salle.

After announcing that Cisse would make a decision soon on Friday, Lieberman tweeted early in the afternoon that Cisse had decided to attend La Salle, where he will have two years of eligibility remaining.

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Cisse played last season at Trinity Valley Community College (Trinity Texas). Cisse averaged 5.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 34 games, including 26 starts. He shot 54.7% from the field, 10% from the 3-point line (1-10) and 59.2% from the free throw line.

Although Cisse's stats were underwhelming, he elevated his performance during Region 14 conference play. Cisse scored in double figures six times and grabbed double figures in rebounds seven times. He also scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting (50%) from the field and 11 rebounds in 38 minutes over two games.

Cisse is a very mobile and talented big man who can play both frontcourt positions. He has a 7-3 wingspan and excels at blocking shots, catching lobs and being excellent at the basket.

Who is Mohamadou Cisse?

Cisse is from Dakar, Senegal. The 21-year-old played for the French U21 team Club Monaco AS from 2019 to 2021 before moving to the United States. He attended Hillcrest Prep in Gilbert, Arizona, before finishing his prep career at Putnam Science Academy in Putnam, Connecticut.

Cisse entered college basketball as a three-star recruit in 2022. Cisse originally signed with SMU, but then opted out of his NLI and eventually signed with Saint Louis. He also had offers from Arizona, Georgia, Texas Tech and Arizona State.

Cisse did not play much for Saint Louis, appearing in just 54 minutes in 15 appearances for Bilikins in 2022-23, totaling eight points, eight rebounds, three blocks and 14 fouls.

3 schools interested in Cisse

While Cisse may have more interest from Division I schools than is known, here's a look at the three schools that have contacted him.

Seton Hall Pirates

Seton Hall finished last season with 25 wins and was the NIT champion. The 25 wins were eight more than the Pirates had in coach Shaheen Holloway's first season.

Seton Hall has two scholarships available and lost three centers last season, so the Pirates are looking to add depth to their frontcourt.

Halloway brought 6-9 Louisville transfer Emmanual Okorafor and 6-9 Wisconsin Transfer Gus YaldenThe Pirates also have commitments from two newcomers, Godswill Erheriene and Assane Mbaye.

Chattanooga Mocs

Chattanooga was probably not a factor in Cisse's recruitment, as the Mocs only had one scholarship available.

La Salle Explorers

La Salle recently posted a 16-17 record, but they were just 6-12 in A-10 play. While the Explorers extended their losing streak to four in a row, they won one more game than they did in coach Fran Dunphy's first season with the program. The Explorers' last winning season was 10 years ago, and they haven't finished with more than six conference wins since 2018-19.

La Salle has lost its starting center Rokas Jocius to the transfer portal, although Dunphy brought 6-10 Penn State transfer Demetrius LilleyOne of Dunphy's rookies in 2024 is the tall, 6-foot-1 Efstratios Kalliontzis of Greece.

6-7 Ryan Zan, who appeared in 30 games last year and rarely used 6-9 Milos Kovacevic are the other players listed as power forward in the Explorers' frontcourt depth.

What does Cisse bring to La Salle?

Cisse will help improve the Explorers' frontcourt depth. He will also help in two areas that were particular weaknesses for the Explorers last season: basket protection and rebounding.

With Cisse's commitment, La Salle may need to adjust its roster. According to Verbal Commits, the Explorers now have 14 players on scholarships, although it is unknown if all of the players listed are scholarship players.