Top center prospect Moussa Cisse picks Memphis. Is Kentucky done recruiting for 2020?

Ben Roberts, Lexington Herald-Leader on

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Kentucky made Cisse a priority recruit, and John Calipari took multiple trips to Memphis to see him play this past season, but UK was never seen as a serious threat for his commitment.

It's unclear whether UK, which has spent this offseason attempting to bolster its frontcourt, will add anyone else to its incoming group of players.

Kentucky already has the nation's No. 1-ranked class, which features highly touted power forwards Isaiah Jackson and Lance Ware in the frontcourt. The Cats also have a transfer commitment from former Wake Forest standout Olivier Sarr, who will be UK's starting center if the NCAA grants him a transfer waiver to play right away in the 2020-21 season.

The process to approve Sarr's waiver request is ongoing, and an initial ruling from the NCAA is expected soon.

"We feel confident," Calipari said this week. "But you never know until, you know, you hear it's good to go. He's got a great case. But, you know, we'll wait to hear."

If Sarr is eligible, Kentucky would be projected as a top-five team for next season and likely would have all it needs for the 2020-21 roster. If the NCAA rules against Sarr, who has said he would pursue professional options rather than sit out a year of college in such a scenario, the Cats would likely need some more help in the frontcourt next season.

If that happens, there aren't many instant-impact options.


Cisse and fellow five-star post players Makur Maker and Efton Reid have been the players most recently mentioned as possible additions to UK's frontcourt for the 2020-21 season, but Cisse is now committed to Memphis, while Maker committed to Howard University this month, and Reid recently announced that he will stay in the 2021 class instead of making the move to 2020.

Unless a late transfer option arises -- or, even less likely, someone of UK interest unexpectedly makes a late jump from 2021 to 2020 -- the Cats will be out of options for next season's roster.

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