For Olivier Sarr to get eligible next season, he’s going to need several things to go his way, one of which is getting support from Wake Forest.
When it comes to college transfers and immediate-eligibility waivers, they’re usually only awarded in situations where the play transferring gets support from his previous school to become immediately eligible at their new school. That was the case last year when UK helped Quade Green get eligible at Washington and Jemarl Baker at Arizona.
Will Wake Forest and head coach Steve Forbes do the same for Sarr?
According to KSR’s Matt Jones, Forbes will support Sarr getting eligible to play for UK in the 2020-21 season. That’s a major step toward Sarr being able to suit up next season. Without that support, the chances of Sarr being eligible drop significantly, so it’s great to see Forbes and Wake Forest are doing the right thing to help their former player.
And because UK has also done the right thing and helped previous transfers become eligible at their new schools, it feels like the NCAA should take that into account when they ultimately rule on Sarr’s eligibility.
Saying this, we’re still probably several months away from learning what the NCAA’s ruling will be. Just last year, Kentucky Football landed a transfer from Florida State linebacker Xavier Peters in May, then didn’t get a ruling from the NCAA until September.
On the basketball side, Baker left UK and committed to Arizona in May, then didn’t get a ruling on his eligibility until October.
So yeah, this is a positive step for Sarr and UK, but it’s a small step in what’s likely going to be a long process.