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Wake Forest center Olivier Sarr not yet officially in the NCAA Transfer Portal

Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The wait continues for Wake Forest center Olivier Sarr in his search for a new home to close out his college basketball career.

Despite announcing his decision to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal on Friday morning – he actually submitted the paperwork Thursday – Sarr has not yet been officially listed in the portal.

Chris Fisher of Cats Pause was the first to bring the news to light, with KSR since confirming the report.

At the time of his transfer announcement, Sarr told ESPN that he could have to wait all the way till Monday before his name is officially listed in the portal, meaning we likely won’t hear of interested schools and those who have contacted him for another few days.

“It’s actually a tough decision,” Sarr told Jeff Borzello of ESPN. “I want to give Wake Forest a chance and listen to what he has to say. I’m entering the transfer portal because I want to listen to all the options. I want to be able to pick my own coach, not have one chosen for me.”

When that time does come, Kentucky is expected to have significant interest in the 7-foot center originally from France, who is set to become arguably the top transfer prospect in the nation. Last season at Wake Forest, Sarr earned earned third-team All-ACC honors last season after averaging 13.7 points and 9.0 rebounds for the Demon Deacons. On the year, the 7-footer managed 11 double-doubles, including multiple breakout games that included a 30-point, 17-rebound performance against Notre Dame and a 25-point outing in a win over No. 7 Duke.

On Friday morning, Wake Forest writer Les Johns told KSR that Sarr would be a “perfect fit” at Kentucky.

“From a pure basketball perspective, it honestly seems like a perfect fit,” Johns, the publisher of Demon Deacon Digest said. “He’s an excellent low post player. I can see him wearing Kentucky blue.”

While we wait for his name to officially hit the transfer portal, check out some of his highlights below:

Come on down, big fella.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

16 Comments for Wake Forest center Olivier Sarr not yet officially in the NCAA Transfer Portal

  1. chrisblue
    2:42 pm May 2, 2020 Permalink

    Much respect to Les Johns for saying that he is a perfect fit for the Cats. Most writers would come down hard on the kid for leaving the school that they write about.

    • claiborne_field
      3:08 pm May 2, 2020 Permalink

      Agreed. We need more of this kind of thing all the way around these days…

  2. BigBluSoTru
    3:39 pm May 2, 2020 Permalink

    Missing piece for #9 I’m sure Monday he will also announce his commitment to UK. Cats pause reporting a silent verbal has been given to coach Payne as of late last evening. great news bring him home Cal.

    • UKFanSC
      3:52 pm May 2, 2020 Permalink

      Huh ?

    • T-Town Cat
      4:39 pm May 2, 2020 Permalink

      The old “silent verbal”. We heard Tubby received a lot of those in his last years, only to have them sign with UNC, Memphis, Georgia Tech, etc.

    • BBN4LIFE03
      4:53 pm May 2, 2020 Permalink


    • nocode96
      8:02 pm May 2, 2020 Permalink

      Silent verbal is not a thing that can actually exist. Silent commitment? Sure, but silent and verbal are actually real life antonyms homie. It’s like saying a pitcher has a really slow fastball or a dog has really short long fur.

  3. WildcatCam
    3:50 pm May 2, 2020 Permalink

    Reminds me of a more polished Willie Caley-Stein!

    • WildcatCam
      3:51 pm May 2, 2020 Permalink

      And stronger!

  4. BigBluSoTru
    4:01 pm May 2, 2020 Permalink

    Everybody was crying about Hearms and Cal went out and got the number transfer on the market big man.

  5. bosch8184
    5:00 pm May 2, 2020 Permalink

    Here we are waiting for a castoffs from bottom of the barrel ACC teams that are going to be the missing pieces for #9. ????

    You people are delusional.

    • BobbyBlue
      5:50 pm May 2, 2020 Permalink

      And you are just another Troll.

    • nocode96
      8:04 pm May 2, 2020 Permalink

      No, it’s a YOU people that are delusional who think we should get the best 10 players in high school every year while expecting all of our stars to stay and graduate and get pissy when we don’t cut a net down every April. WE are hopeful fans, YOU are entitled trolls.

    • bosch8184
      12:43 pm May 3, 2020 Permalink

      Just objective reality based analysis…which you mouth breathing jersey chasers are incapable of handling.

  6. grammarpoliceUK
    8:46 pm May 2, 2020 Permalink

    BigBluSoTru, if that;s the case then UK is in serious trouble dude. Against the rules to talk to a player before they are officially in the portal. CatsPause has no such post.

  7. Big Sexy
    9:11 am May 3, 2020 Permalink

    Definitely need this young man at Kentucky. We are sorely lacking in size.