MOUNT PLEASANT — Mady Sissoko has a top-four, and he also has a target date for making a college decision.
The 6-foot-9, 230-pound center who preps at Wasatch Academy revealed his top-four destinations Friday morning, and they include BYU, Michigan State, Kansas and Memphis, the international boarding school announced on Twitter.
Sissoko will announce his decision next Tuesday on the Tigers' Instagram page. His teammate Caleb Lohner, a top-100 recruit and the highest-rated Latter-day Saint recruit in the country, recently committed to Utah.
Current projections note Sissoko, a native of Mali, West Africa, and the No. 7-ranked center in the nation by 247 Sports, is most likely to go to wind up with coach Tom Izzo and Michigan State. Sissoko paid an official visit Sept. 5 to the Spartans, when he came away impressed with the campus, coaching staff and facilities in East Lansing.
Of course, "impressed" can also be used to describe reactions to Kansas coach Bill Self and the new identity of Memphis basketball under first-year coach Penny Hardaway, who is less-than-quietly putting together one of the top recruiting classes in the nation.
That new BYU coach Mark Pope is even in the discussion with three of college basketball's top blue bloods is a motivating factor. Sissoko visited Provo back on July 29, but the biggest takeaway from that visit was a broken hand suffered during an ATV accident in the backcountry.
Wasatch Academy confirmed early reports of the accident, saying that the Tigers would help Sissoko through surgery and a difficult rehabilitation slate to get him ready for the upcoming season — and what will likely be a significant collegiate and professional career in basketball.
After the accident, Sissoko released a short video through Wasatch Academy that briefly acknowledges the injury and thanked coach David Evans and the rest of the staff at the academy in a letter home to his mother.
"Since being at Wasatch Academy, my life has completely changed," Sissoko narrates in the video. "Doors have been opened for me that I didn’t imagine possible. I’m becoming stronger, Mom. I’m becoming something you would be proud of. I play for one of the best teams in the nation. I learn from the best coaches. And I grow with my teammates.
"We are becoming something the whole country is talking about."
Sissoko has long been a top target of Pope in his first season at BYU. He flew to West Africa for a visit with Sissoko's parents, and his mother of the Muslim-raised family came away extremely impressed with the coach, according to a source close to the program.
Coaches cannot publicly comment on recruits until they have been enrolled or accepted by the university via a national letter of intent or financial aid agreement. The NCAA's early signing period for basketball begins Nov. 13.