Every year, ESPN’s John Gasaway ranks the top 25 players in college basketball. This year, one Kentucky Wildcat made the list: Olivier Sarr. The former Wake Forest big man comes in at No. 15 due to what Gasaway views as “untapped potential”:
During an otherwise unremarkable 13-18 season for Wake Forest last year, Sarr blossomed as a post scorer and rebounding machine. The 7-footer drew almost seven fouls per 40 minutes and, contrary to expectations for players of his size, drained 76% of his free throws. He’s also one of the better defensive rebounders in the nation, and his increase in workload last season hints at untapped potential on offense. Sarr’s transfer to UK (and the SEC’s decision in October to certify him as eligible for this season) gives John Calipari’s rotation a measurable lift.
Other notable names on the list: Iowa’s Luke Garza (No. 1), Kansas’ Marcus Garrett (No. 2), Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham (No. 3), Florida’s Keyontae Johnson (No. 11), West Virginia’s Oscar Tshiebwe (No. 13), and LSU’s Javonte Smart (No. 24). Gasaway notes this is different than a mock draft in that it’s based on expected performance, not just talent, but I find it hard to believe BJ Boston isn’t one of the top 25 players in the country.
Oh well. Check out the list for yourself below, or just watch practice footage of Olivier Sarr.