While both Isaiah Jackson (22nd overall) and BJ Boston (51st overall) heard their name called on Thursday night, former teammate Olivier Sarr fell short of being selected in this year’s NBA Draft.
However, Sarr is getting his shot as he’s agreed to join the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA Summer League.
Kentucky big man Olivier Sarr will join the Memphis Grizzlies summer league roster, a source told ESPN.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) July 31, 2021
Though Sarr did see his points and rebounds drop from his final year at Wake Forest, he managed to average 10.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and shoot a career-high 44.4% from behind the three-point arc in his one-year stint with the Kentucky Wildcats.
It’s not east leaving a program where you’re the face of the team and coming into a Kentucky system that is full of world-class talent, but Sarr showed he has the potential to carve out a professional career for himself.
Along with his work ethic, Sarr has the unique trait that he’s an “older” rookie, which means more basketball experience — therefore he should have a reasonable chance to compete for a roster spot over someone who may be slightly younger/more talented.
While we don’t have the full details on his contract, it’s like that Sarr will also be relatively inexpensive for the Grizzlies to keep on their summer league roster and hopefully give him a training camp deal afterward.
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