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Will Olivier Sarr be granted eligibility for next season?

Kentucky’s season likely hinges on this decision.

NCAA Basketball: Notre Dame at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

We do not know exactly what college basketball will look like this fall, if we have it at all. But if it does happen, then the Kentucky Wildcats’ roster is set up for success.

If Olivier Sarr is granted his eligibility, that is.

In a normal year, Sarr’s waiver claim is shaky. His original case for being able to play immediately instead of sitting out a year like a normal transfer player was that his old coach, Danny Manning, had made some promised that kept him out of the NBA Draft process. With Manning no longer in the picture, Sarr said he felt like he missed an opportunity he could not get back.

A wrinkle thrown into the scenario is that the NBA has re-opened the draft entry window for college players. If he wanted to, Sarr could enter the draft today. However, he had already committed to Kentucky before that decision was made.

Something else to consider is just how crazy everything is right now. I have not seen a single transfer waiver request denied by the NCAA up to this point. That does not mean it will not happen, but I think the general uncertainty around everything right now could be a case for universal acceptance of such waivers.

If Sarr is a part of Kentucky’s roster, they are immediately one of the top favorites to win the national championship. The rest of the roster is solid, and adding a dominant big man is the final piece of a very impressive puzzle.

Without Sarr, the lack of a true center and overall frontcourt depth may be too much for Kentucky to overcome in terms of making a deep postseason run.

Given the circumstances, do you think the NCAA will grant Sarr’s waiver and allow him to play at Kentucky immediately?


Will Olivier Sarr be granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA?

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