The Kentucky Wildcats just filled a big need for the 2020-21 season with the news that Olivier Sarr will be transferring from Wake Forest and heading to Lexington.
The 7-0, 255 pound big man averaged 13.7 points, 9 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks last season with a season-high 30 points and 17 rebounds against Notre Dame. He also went for 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks in an overtime win against Duke.
Sarr will now apply for a waiver from the NCAA to try to become immediately eligible for the 2020-21 season and avoid having to sit out a year, so getting him for next season isn’t a done deal just yet.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the big news:
Technically, Olivier Sarr may have to sit one year upon transfer to #Kentucky. But he has strong case for a waiver with Danny Manning's firing at Wake. Legislation allowing one time no transfer penalties could still pass in time as well (though not as expected as once was).— Eric Bossi (@ebosshoops) May 6, 2020
I hope Olivier Sarr gets a waiver to play immediately at Kentucky because I don’t think any transfer should have to sit out ever. But it should be noted that the NCAA has regularly denied waivers for players who transferred after their coaches were fired. It often doesn’t matter.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) May 6, 2020
Kentucky cooperated and helped both Quade Green and Jemarl Baker get waivers to be immediately eligible. Wake Forest may try to fight it.— Big Blue Express (@bigbluexpress) May 6, 2020
Sheesh imagine if he doesn’t get the waiver lol— Eric Murphy (@emurphy24) May 6, 2020
Sarr was extremely adamant about not sitting out. I don’t this commitment happens without there being some kind of confidence he’ll be eligible next year.— All Things Kentucky (@BBNWonka) May 6, 2020
Kentucky missing on Matt Haarms worked in the Wildcats favor. Olivier Sarr is the perfect fit for Kentucky's 2020-21 roster.— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) May 6, 2020
Missed on Mudiay and got Ulis. Missed on Damien Harris, got Benny Snell. Missed on Jedrick Wills, still starting Landon Young and Darrian Kinnard.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) May 6, 2020
Miss on Haarms, upgrade with Sarr.
Lot of good players out there. Doesn't matter who you don't get, all that matters is who get.
Anyone want to send a thank you card to Mark Pope? Haarms ending up at BYU was perfect for all parties involved.— Big Blue Express (@bigbluexpress) May 6, 2020
Sarr-y not Sorry— Curtis Burch (@curtisburch) May 6, 2020
Kentucky not done just wait another one on the way!#BBN #9— Keion Brooks (@keion_brooks) May 6, 2020
Here is Olivier Sarr’s ACC game log.— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) May 6, 2020
I will take it pic.twitter.com/DcComAKebs
Olivier Sarr is better addition for Kentucky than Matt Haarms would have been.— Walker Carey (@walkerRcarey) May 6, 2020
Sarr was dominant in Wake Forest's double overtime win over Duke and its home victory over Notre Dame.
He should definitely make an impact for Kentucky next season.
Calipari basically did the basketball version of asking Olivier Sarr “what your interests are ... who you be with.”— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) May 6, 2020
Not sure Forbes will ever recover from this. pic.twitter.com/MCFvzWNgoC— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) May 6, 2020
Olivia Sarr is winless against UofL in his first three years of college basketball. That will change in year four.— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) May 6, 2020
Olivier Sarr is transferring to Kentucky.— Duke Update (@UpdateDuke) May 6, 2020
You know that moment when you get this great idea or a new job or find something that's really exciting. Then a big reality check smacks you in the face and you realize you probably aren't changing the world? This is that for Forbes.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) May 6, 2020
If the NCAA doesn’t grant Olivier Sarr eligibility this year we riot— Pat (@BBN_Forever) May 6, 2020