Former Wasatch Academy player could rejoin his teammates at BYU

Mady Sissoko has entered the transfer portal and could be a valuable addition to BYU's rotation.
Mady Sissoko backs down UNC's Armando Bacot in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32
Mady Sissoko backs down UNC's Armando Bacot in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 / Jared C. Tilton/GettyImages

Mady Sissoko spent four years of his college basketball career with Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans. Coming out of high school at Wasatch Academy, where he played with current BYU players Fousseyni Traore and Richie Saunders. Sissoko was highly sought-after as a high school recruit, where he was a 4-star center receiving offers from some of the best programs in college basketball.

Following four seasons with Sparty, Sissoko is ready to move on to the next chapter of his career and is testing the waters of the transfer portal. Sissoko mans his own ship now, and if BYU wants him they'll have to weather the transfer portal storm.

Out of high school, Sissoko named BYU among his final four choices. Now that the 6'9" center is free to be recruited, Mark Pope's team is back in the running to land the Malian big. He was a valuable contributor at Michigan State, where his high motor and powerful frame provided Sissoko plenty of leverage to battle with some of the best big men in the nation.

Jalen Washington, Mady Sissoko
Mady Sissoko elevates against North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 / Jacob Kupferman/GettyImages

Sissoko saw his minutes dwindle in the 2023-24 season with Tom Izzo's squad following a season that saw him in the starting center slot of the Spartans' lineup. Minutes at BYU could be a question mark, as they already have a full frontcourt with Sissoko's good friend Traore, Khalifa, and Atiki all taking up space down low.

If Sissoko were to join the Cougars, the team might struggle to provide adequate playing time to each of their players, as having two big men without shooting range sharing the floor may be counterproductive to BYU's 3-point-heavy game plan.

Sissoko would be a great culture fit with BYU's roster, as he's already close friends with several rostered players in Provo. Having played his high school ball in Utah, a return to the Beehive State may feel like returning to his home away from home.

Mark Pope has been in contact with the Michigan State transfer. We'll have to watch and wait for further updates.

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