As Olivier Sarr Watch 2020 continues, the Kentucky Wildcats remain confident the star center will play next season.
Last week, John Calipari told reporters he was confident Sarr would be granted a waiver to to play in the 2020-21 season following his transfer from Wake Forest.
Then today, The Athletic’s Kyle Tucker had more good news from UK’s side on Sarr’s chances of being eligible.
Source at Kentucky tells me “I’m comfortable we will have Olivier Sarr this season.”— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) July 23, 2020
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
Sarr committed to UK in May following a breakout junior season at Wake Forest, averaging 13.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. He’s a traditional transfer who would normally have to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules.
However, the NCAA has been granting waivers out to seemingly anyone who’s transferred and applied for a waiver this offseason, and the hope is they’ll do the same for Sarr.
UK filed for Sarr’s waiver in May, so it’s at the point we could hear any day now on if he’ll be eligible next season.
Currently, UK is checking in the 15-25 range of preseason top 25 polls, but those projections don’t include Sarr. If he’s ruled eligible, UK should be ranked closer to the 5-10 range as a strong Final Four contender who could very well take home the school’s ninth national title and first since 2012.