Ousmane Cisse

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Ousmane Cisse
Personal information
Born (1982-10-20) October 20, 1982 (age 36)
Bamako, Mali
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolMontgomery Catholic
(Montgomery, Alabama)
St. Jude Catholic
(Montgomery, Alabama)
NBA draft2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47th overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Playing career2001–2010
PositionPower forward / Center
Career history
2002Lokomotiv Mineralnye Vody
2002–2003Harlem Globetrotters
2003Adirondack Wildcats
2003–2004Brevard Blue Ducks
2004–2005Fayetteville Patriots
2005–2009Bnei HaSharon
2009–2010APOEL Nicosia
2010Étendard de Brest
Career highlights and awards

Ousmane Cisse (born October 20, 1982) is a Malian retired professional basketball player. Standing at 6'9" he played both power forward and center positions.

High school[edit]

He moved to the United States from Mali in 1998, and studied at Montgomery Catholic High School in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S., where he and his teammates won the 2A State Championship. In his first appearance as a Catholic Knight, he broke the Alabama High School Athletic Association's record for blocked shots in the first half against Horseshoe Bend. In his sophomore season in high school he posted averages of 20 points, 15 rebounds and 9 blocks per game, he later attended St. Jude Catholic High School in Montgomery, where he transferred to in 1999, and he sat out the 1999–2000 basketball season. In his last year of high school basketball he averaged 29 points, 16 rebounds and 12 blocks, and was widely regarded as one of the best prospects of his class,[1] he drew interest from many high-profile college programs such as Arkansas, Duke, Kentucky, Michigan and North Carolina,[2] but after graduating he signed up to the 2001 NBA Draft and was selected as a 47th pick overall by the Denver Nuggets (he was however the 46th player to be selected, as the Minnesota Timberwolves forfeited their 29th overall pick).[3][4]

NBA career[edit]

After he was signed by the Denver Nuggets, he had an injured knee and therefore did not pass the physical tests, and the Nuggets released him,[5] he then moved to Russia in 2002 before playing for the Harlem Globetrotters. After a year he returned to play in the NBA signing with the Orlando Magic. Ousmane was released just after one preseason game and moved to play in the USBL. In 2003, he signed with the Toronto Raptors and was released after a couple of days, without ever playing with the team.

He moved to play in the NBDL after his release during 2003 and stayed to play there until the 2004–05 season was over, playing for the Fayetteville Patriots.

International career[edit]

Cisse started his international career when he signed at Bnei HaSharon in Israel for the 2005–06 season, he led the league in Rebounds (10.1 per game) and blocks (2.5), but the team finished only in the 9th place. Ousmane then stayed three more seasons in Bnei HaSharon reaching the State Cup final in the 2006–07 season and finishing at the 3rd place in the Israeli League in 2007–08.

National team[edit]

Cisse's only appearance on FIBA Africa Championship was in 2005 where his stats were 6 PPG, 5 RPG and 1 BPG in 7 games, averaging 15.8 minutes per game.


  1. ^ "Ousmane Cisse". nba.com. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  2. ^ Hodge, Bill (April 12, 2001). "Top recruits spring into action". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  3. ^ "NBA Draft 2001". nba.com. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  4. ^ "2001 NBA Draft". Basketball-Reference. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  5. ^ "Bulls might have some competition for worst record in NBA this season". Daily Herald. November 19, 2001. p. 94.
  6. ^ Ousmane Cisse Stats, News, Photos - Eastern Illinois Panthers - ESPN

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