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Nearly 50 players have received NCAA transfer waivers since Olivier Sarr committed to Kentucky

Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Nearly 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?

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

By my count, 48 total waivers have been approved since Sarr announced his commitment to Kentucky on May 6, with 14 of those players committing to their respective schools after the former Wake Forest center officially became a Wildcat.

On the bright side, the only waiver request the NCAA has denied this summer was that of New Mexico State point guard AJ Harris, who was looking for a sixth year of eligibility. In terms of basketball transfers seeking immediate eligibility, the NCAA has approved all reviewed cases for players with legitimate arguments.

As for the timing, that’s another story.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

11 Comments for Nearly 50 players have received NCAA transfer waivers since Olivier Sarr committed to Kentucky

  1. blueballs80
    9:17 pm August 31, 2020 Permalink

    Who in the corrupt NCAA is overseeing his waiver? They should be fired if it’s taking this long. I know my boss would fire me if I took forever to get something done.

  2. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    9:34 pm August 31, 2020 Permalink

    Emmerdoush is personally overseeing this one. The only time he feels his wanker might actually exist is when he’s screwing teams over and letting his bribemades get away with anything. We get it you’re afraid. I know he looks at this site. He’s CahillsCrossing because no one can possibly be as stupid as him except Emmerdoush.

  3. VilleCat11
    9:52 pm August 31, 2020 Permalink

    I dont know what the holdup is but man I sure hope we get good news on this thing!!

  4. IrishCat
    10:15 pm August 31, 2020 Permalink

    Free Olivier

  5. mashman 93
    10:56 pm August 31, 2020 Permalink

    Patience is a virtue and that really applies in this case. #Free Olivier. Please.

  6. Bluebloodtoo
    8:10 am September 1, 2020 Permalink

    Had anyone heard anything about Sarr eligibility yet? For some reason KSR doesn’t want to cover the story…. at least not more than once a day. Can’t we get hourly updates?

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:38 am September 1, 2020 Permalink

      Haha. Well taken, but remember there are no UK sports being played at the moment, and we are the gold standard in CBB.

  7. texasfatcat
    11:48 am September 1, 2020 Permalink

    I think this has probably more to do with the Draft. They may not want to say he is eligible and then he gets drafted… From what I understand he is still eligible for the current draft or to sign as a free agent if undrafted.

  8. BobbyBlue
    12:29 pm September 1, 2020 Permalink

    I have felt from day one that Sarr would get the full Enes Kanter treatment. You know drag it out until the season is too far gone and then declare him ineligible.
    Emmert is not just unqualified, and over paid.
    He is corrupt and running his personal dictatorship and should be fired immediately.

  9. BobbyBlue
    12:40 pm September 1, 2020 Permalink

    Barnyard is no help in these matters. Just sits on his hands, instead of standing up for UK, and publically raising protests.
    Every year after the latest screwing by the selection committee, he always says” I am fine with the seedings”
    Just as he has done yearly , after the selection committee , which he is a part of, has once again shafted the Cats

  10. Gazza
    9:12 am September 2, 2020 Permalink

    [email protected] – Mark Emmert email campaign?