Will Olivier Sarr be eligible this season in Lexington? The Kentucky basketball program reportedly thinks so.
According to Kyle Tucker of The Athletic, Kentucky is “comfortable” with Sarr’s waiver and believes the 7-foot center will be able to suit up in blue and white this upcoming season.
“I’m comfortable we will have Olivier Sarr this season,” a source close to the Kentucky program told Tucker.
Source at Kentucky tells me “I’m comfortable we will have Olivier Sarr this season.”
So you should read up on the Wake Forest transfer. I talked to Danny Manning and four ACC coaches about what to expect from Sarr:https://t.co/iiMfUpeLrq
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) July 23, 2020
In a conference call with Kentucky media members last week, UK head coach John Calipari said the Wake Forest transfer’s paperwork is all in and noted that the program feels “confident” the NCAA will approve his waiver when it comes time for a final decision.
“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.”
Calipari said that with Kentucky’s recent history with departing transfers – Johnny Juzang, Jemarl Baker, and Quade Green being the prominent names in recent memory– he knows the procedures and what the NCAA is looking for when deciding on specific cases.
“There’s two pieces of this. We have an idea because every kid that leaves us is ruled eligible right away, so we know what it is,” the UK head coach said. “I’d say, these cases have to fall in like three different buckets. This bucket, that bucket, or this bucket to really be considered. … Kids have left us before, so I have an idea of what the procedure is like.”
Last season at Wake Forest, the 7-foot, 255-pound center averaged an impressive 13.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. He shot 52.7% from the floor, made the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Third Team and was the runner-up for the 2020 ACC Most Improved Player award. A native of Toulouse, France, he totaled 664 points, 496 rebounds and 81 blocks with 31 starts in three seasons at Wake Forest.
Sarr led the team with 11 double-doubles and 33 blocks, scored in double figures in 23 games and was a two-time ACC Player of the Week. To close out conference play, the newest Wildcat finished on a six-game double-figure scoring run with three double-doubles. Included in that season-ending tear was a 20-point, 13-rebound game vs. Pitt in the 2019-20 finale, a career-high 30 points and 17 rebounds in a win vs. Notre Dame, and 25 points in a double-overtime victory over Duke. He also enjoyed three straight double-doubles in January vs. Virginia, Clemson and Boston College and recorded 21 points and 13 rebounds vs. nationally ranked Arizona.
Will the star center be able to show off his talent as a Wildcat this season? While his status remains uncertain, confidence within the Kentucky basketball program is a step in the right direction.