"Moulaye's been in the country for three or four years now and has grown tremendously in terms of his basketball IQ and his learning of the English language," Grant said, "but we felt this was the best thing for him, and he feels the same way."
Dayton made a similar announcement last season with freshman Frankie Policelli, but Grant said at the time there was always a chance Policelli would end up playing if other players were injured. When Jhery Matos suffered a season-ending injury, Dayton changed its mind about redshirting Policelli and he saw limited minutes the rest of the season and transferred to Stony Brook after the season.
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Dayton is in a better position this season to stick to its decision and keep Sissoko on the bench because of its depth, and that depth will improve if injured center Jordy Tshimanga returns. He has been sidelined with a knee injury and did not play in the exhibition game or season opener.
On Tuesday, Grant said the plan is for Tshimanga to return but that he had not yet returned to practice. Forward Ryan Mikesell said Tshimanga is progressing well.
"It's good to see," Mikesell said. "Hopefully, we get him back sooner rather than later, but it's kind of up to (trainer) Mike (Mulcahey) and coach Grant."
Mikesell redshirted in his third year at UD after undergoing two hip surgeries and said he talked to Sissoko about how to handle the year away from the action.
"I just told him to take this year and get better," Mikesell said. "You have a full year to learn and practice and grow in the weight room. I told him to maximize it as much as you can, learn as much as you can and set yourself up to have a good season next year.