This isn’t the waiver news you’ve been waiting for, but the NCAA has granted Johnny Juzang eligibility for the 2020-21 season at UCLA. Jon Rothstein was first to report the news on Twitter.
Juzang announced he was leaving Kentucky in late March following a freshman season in which he averaged 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in 28 games. He chose UCLA in part because it’s 15 minutes from his home in Los Angeles, which could be one reason the NCAA granted his waiver. He will face his old team on December 19 when Kentucky takes on UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic.
What does this mean for Olivier Sarr, who is also seeking a waiver from the NCAA to play this fall? This morning, Jeff Borzello made the case for Sarr on ESPN:
His waiver case is threefold. To start, Sarr said he wanted to test the NBA draft waters, but Wake Forest coach Danny Manning convinced him to return to Winston-Salem for his final season. By the time Manning was fired — the day before the early-entry deadline — Sarr said it was too late to enter the draft. Second, Manning was obviously fired; that’s rarely reason enough to receive a waiver from the NCAA, but plenty of players have tried. And third, Sarr says he was asked by the school to wait before entering the transfer portal and he acquiesced to those requests. Having your previous school support your waiver request is sometimes a key aspect of the process.
When it comes to the NCAA, who knows. Cross your fingers.