No national media member followed Olivier Sarr’s eligibility more closely than Dick Vitale, so it’s no surprise that the ESPN analyst has the Kentucky big man on his list of preseason All-Americans. First Team, in fact. Sarr is the only Wildcat to make one of Dickie V’s five teams, which only makes sense when you read that Vitale refuses to include freshmen, or, rather, “diaper dandies.”
Sarr is joined on the First Team by Luka Garza (Iowa), Ayo Dosunmu (Illinois), Jared Butler (Baylor), and Remy Martin (Arizona State). Other familiar names include Florida’s Keyontae Johnson, who is on the Third Team; West Virginia’s Oscar Tshiebwe and LSU’s Trendon Watford, who are on the Fourth Team; and John Fulkerson, who represents the Tennessee Volunteers with his skinny headband on the Fifth Team.
Last season at Wake Forest, Sarr averaged 13.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, shooting 52.7% from the floor. He made the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Third Team and was the runner-up for the 2020 ACC Most Improved Player award.
“I think I’m a versatile kind of big,” Sarr told reporters last week. “Stretch five but also really great presence inside. I’m a great defensive rebounder and I feel like I’m a great shooter too. I’m also a great defender. I still need to improve being able to guard one through five, but that’s pretty much my game.”
Check out the rest of Dickie V’s All-American teams at the link below, along with some footage of Sarr in practice.