Ousmane Cisse

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Ousmane Cisse
Personal information
Born (1982-10-20) October 20, 1982 (age 36)
Bamako, Mali
Nationality Malian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school Montgomery Catholic
(Montgomery, Alabama)
St. Jude Catholic
(Montgomery, Alabama)
NBA draft 2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Playing career 2001–2010
Position Power forward / Center
Career history
2002 Lokomotiv Mineralnye Vody
2002–2003 Harlem Globetrotters
2003 Adirondack Wildcats
2003–2004 Brevard Blue Ducks
2004–2005 Fayetteville Patriots
2005–2009 Bnei HaSharon
2009–2010 APOEL Nicosia
2010 Étendard 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

Ousmane Cisse 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 block shots in the first half against Horseshoe Bend. He later attended St. Jude Catholic High School in Montgomery, and after graduating he signed up to the 2001 NBA Draft and was selected as a 46th pick overall by the Denver Nuggets.[1]

NBA career

After he was signed by the Denver Nuggets in 2001 he was injured and released. 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

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

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. ^ "NBA Draft 2001". nba.com. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
  2. ^ Ousmane Cisse Stats, News, Photos - Eastern Illinois Panthers - ESPN

External links

  • NBA.com Draft Profile
  • Interviews with Ousmane Cisse: "I know I belong in the NBA" @ HoopsHype.com
  • NBA D-League player profile
  • Safsal profile
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