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NCAA transfer waiver list continues to grow for players not named Olivier Sarr

Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Editor’s note: An initial version of this post was published on August 31. It has since been updated to reflect the latest waivers approved by the NCAA.


Back on May 6, Wake Forest star center Olivier Sarr announced his commitment to Kentucky, choosing the Wildcats over more than a dozen high-profile schools such as Duke, Baylor, Florida State, and Gonzaga.

Over four months later, the 7-foot center native of France still has no idea whether or not he will be allowed to play this season, as the NCAA has yet to decide on his transfer waiver.

So what’s the hold up?

Back in mid-July, Kentucky head coach John Calipari told reporters that the NCAA likely had to “red flag” the paperwork due to the high-profile nature of the transfer, though he felt “confident” they would ultimately decide to declare him immediately eligible.

“The Olivier [paperwork] has been in, we’re waiting to hear,” Calipari said. “We feel confident, but you never know till you hear he’s good to go. He’s got a great case. We’ll wait to hear. … What they do is they’ll red flag it because it’s Kentucky, it’s Olivier Sarr, who’s one of the best transfer players. They’ll want to make sure, “Let’s really make sure we have this right,” and it may take more time. I don’t think we’ll be treated any different, I know they don’t treat it any different than any other case. But it’s more of a high profile case so they’ll look at it [closer].”

Then on August 26, Calipari again told reporters he felt “good” about Sarr’s situation, adding that it’s currently “going through channels.”

“I feel good about Olivier’s situation,” Calipari said. “It’s just going through channels. We’ll hear when we hear, but I feel comfortable with it.”

As we continue to wait for the NCAA to decide one way or the other, let’s take a look at all of the other waiver cases that have been publicly approved since Sarr’s commitment to Kentucky, shall we?

September 17

  • Texas Tech’s Jamarius Burton (transfer from Wichita State)
    • Committed April 13

September 16

  • Long Beach State’s Raymond Hawkins (transfer from Alabama)
    • Committed May 6
  • UTEP’s Jamal Bieniemy (transfer from Oklahoma)
    • Committed May 21
  • UConn’s Tyrese Martin (transfer from Rhode Island)
    • Committed April 7
  • UMass’ Noah Fernandes (transfer from Wichita State)
    • Committed March 18

September 15

  • Austin Peay’s Mike Peake (transfer from Georgia)
    • Committed June 16

September 14

  • George Washington’s James Bishop (transfer from LSU)
    • Committed April 5

September 11

  • Nevada’s Grant Sherfield (transfer from Wichita State)
    • Committed March 23

September 10

  • Pacific’s Jervay Green (transfer from Nebraska)
    • Committed April 11
  • VCU’s Levi Stockard (transfer from Kansas State)
    • Committed May 15
  • Houston’s Reggie Chaney (transfer from Arkansas)
    • Committed June 22

September 3

  • Stony Brook’s Tykei Greene (transfer from Manhattan)
    • Committed May 9

September 2

  • Minnesota’s Liam Robbins (transfer from Drake)
    • Committed April 5
  • New Mexico State’s Donnie Tillman (transfer from UNLV)
    • Committed May 25

September 1

  • Arizona’s James Akinjo (transfer from Georgetown)
    • Committed January 1

August 31

  • San Francisco’s Julian Rishwain (transfer from Boston College)
    • Committed April 6
  • Iowa State’s Tyler Harris (transfer from Memphis)
    • Committed April 25
  • Manhattan’s Jason Douglas-Stanley (transfer from George Mason)
    • Committed March 24

August 28

  • Morehead State’s Jaylen Sebree (transfer from Florida Atlantic)
    • Committed June 26
  • Oklahoma State’s Bryce Williams (transfer from Ole Miss)
    • Committed June 16
  • Wake Forest’s Isaiah Wilkins (transfer from Virginia Tech)
    • Committed April 16

August 27

  • Memphis’ Landers Nolley (transfer from Virginia Tech)
    • Committed April 20
  • Cincinnati’s David DeJulius (transfer from Michigan)
    • Committed April 16

August 25

  • Rhode Island’s Malik Martin (transfer from Charlotte)
    • Committed March 30
  • East Tennessee State’s Tyron Brewer (transfer from Southeastern Louisiana)
    • Committed March 21

August 22

  • New Mexico’s Jeremiah Francis (transfer from North Carolina)
    • Committed May 8

August 21

  • Bryant’s Peter Kiss (transfer from Rutgers)
    • Committed May 7
  • Hawaii’s James Jean-Marie (transfer from San Diego)
    • Committed May 27
  • Hawaii’s Noel Coleman (transfer from San Diego)
    • Committed May 12
  • UTSA’s Cedrick Alley (transfer from Houston)
    • Committed May 11

August 19

  • Arizona State’s Holland Woods (transfer from Portland State)
    • Committed April 11
  • Rhode Island’s Jalen Carey (transfer from Syracuse)
    • Committed June 5
  • LSU’s Bryan Penn-Johnson (transfer from Washington)
    • Committed July 18
  • Portland State’s Khalid Thomas (transfer from Arizona State)
    • Committed April 4

August 18

  • Syracuse’s Alan Griffin (transfer from Illinois)
    • Committed April 4
  • Portland State’s Elijah Hardy (transfer from Washington)
    • Committed April 17

August 17

  • TCU’s Charles O’Bannon Jr (transfer from USC)
    • Committed January 6
  • South Florida’s Russel Tchewa (transfer from Texas Tech)
    • Committed May 7
  • Rhode Island’s Makhi Mitchell (transfer from Maryland)
    • Committed March 30
  • Rhode Island’s Makhel Mitchell (transfer from Maryland)
    • Committed March 30
  • Towson’s Curtis Holland III (transfer from High Point)
    • Committed May 3

August 10

  • Southern Utah’s Tevian Jones (transfer from Illinois)
    • Committed June 24

July 31

  • UIC’s Teyvion Kirk (transfer from Colorado State)
    • Committed March 30
  • UIC’s Zion Griffin (transfer from Iowa State)
    • Committed April 13
  • UIC’s Maurice Commander (transfer from Chattanooga)
    • Committed May 11

July 30

  • Bryant’s Melo Eggleston (transfer from Arkansas State)
    • Committed April 10
  • Bryant’s Luke Sutherland (transfer from Siena)
    • Committed April 9

July 29

  • Georgia Tech’s Rodney Howard (transfer from Georgia)
    • Committed March 24

July 28

  • South Florida’s Luke Anderson (transfer from Iowa State)
    • Committed December 6
  • North Florida’s Alonde LeGrand (transfer from Detroit)
    • Committed April 26
  • Southern Utah’s Aanen Moody (transfer from North Dakota)
    • Committed April 15

July 27

  • Georgia Tech’s Kyle Sturdivant (transfer from USC)
    • Committed April 2
  • James Madison’s Joel Mensah (transfer from San Diego State)
    • Committed April 29
  • James Madison’s Vado Morse (transfer from Mt. St. Mary’s)
    • Committed May 7
  • James Madison’s Jalen Hodge (transfer from Louisiana-Monroe)
    • Committed April 11
  • UNC Wilmington’s Ian Steere (transfer from St. John’s)
    • Committed March 30

July 23

  • Pacific’s Nigel Shadd (transfer from Kansas State)
    • Committed April 16

July 21

  • Montana’s Cameron Parker (transfer from Sacred Heart)
    • Committed April 19

July 15

  • Longwood’s Zac Watson (transfer from UC Riverside)
    • Committed May 8

July 14

  • Bradley’s Sean East (transfer from UMass)
    • Committed April 2

July 13

  • South Florida’s Prince Oduro (transfer from Mississippi State)
    • Committed April 4

June 17

  • Marquette’s DJ Carton (transfer from Ohio State)
    • Committed April 15

May 27

  • UCLA’s Johnny Juzang (transfer from Kentucky)
    • Committed April 9

On August 31, the public list of approved transfers since Sarr’s commitment was 48 overall, though college basketball insider Jeff Goodman reported on September 2 that the official number was actually 90 at that moment.

Since then, at least a dozen more have been added to the list, pushing the total to over 100 approved waivers since Sarr became a Wildcat.

Of the confirmed names on this list, 21 of them committed on or after Sarr’s commitment on May 6.

When will the NCAA reach a final decision? Your guess is as good as mine.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

9 Comments for NCAA transfer waiver list continues to grow for players not named Olivier Sarr



  1. mashman 93
    5:39 pm September 17, 2020 Permalink

    Well damn



  2. Headhurts
    5:57 pm September 17, 2020 Permalink

    You save the best for last. Go Cats!



  3. UKFanSC
    6:12 pm September 17, 2020 Permalink

    Calculated anxiety by Mark Emmert. Arguably the most worthless executive in organizational history.



  4. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    6:25 pm September 17, 2020 Permalink

    Emmert’s gonna Emmert.



  5. BowdenQB4ever
    6:44 pm September 17, 2020 Permalink

    You know your program is in good shape when your entire team leaves with 1 guy projected in the first round, your top assistant leaves, and you’re sweating out a waiver for a wake forest grad transfer. At some point the atrophy is going to be impossible to ignore.



    • BobbyBlue
      9:57 pm September 17, 2020 Permalink

      Emmerts is a corrupt, and unqualified educator who somehow has managed to quietly boost his salary to the $4 mill range. He now rules collegiate athletics like a dictator.
      As Paul Finebaum said “ he should be fired immediately”
      His treatment of Calipari in retaliation for the Terrance Jones , debacle is legendary.
      He has been full bore into the Enis Kanter plan for Saar since the day Saar chose UK.
      The saddest thing is how Barnyard will just sit in his hands and let it continue.



    • michaelb
      10:01 am September 18, 2020 Permalink

      This the dumbest comment ever. You forgot to add “ still manages to make it further and usually puts my team out of the tourney”



  6. UKFanSC
    6:58 pm September 17, 2020 Permalink

    The more I think about it, I would love to see someone who has the technical skills to create a link that would allow the big blue nation to voice its displeasure directly to the NCAA, in the quantities I know it would create. I have no idea whether this would be productive or counterproductive, but it would be a fabulous outlet for the frustration we feel. No one can convince me that this is not an intentional action by Mark Emmert and his lackeys. There are many in the extended media that feel the same way. It is damn near October.



  7. michaelb
    9:55 am September 18, 2020 Permalink

    Kentucky should leave the ncaa