UK Head Coach John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats potentially added a hugely valuable piece to the 2020-21 roster this afternoon with the commitment of Wake Forest transfer Olivier Sarr.
Sarr is a highly touted 7-footer formerly of the Demon Deacons who was awarded a spot on the All-ACC Third Team this past season as he averaged 13.7 points and nine rebounds per game. He confirmed his decision on Twitter this afternoon just a day after officially entering the transfer portal.
In the press release, Sarr thanked Wake Forest then went on to express his excitement in joining the UK program.
“I have decided to finish my career at the University of Kentucky and take on this challenge,” Sarr said. “I want to thank everyone for their kindness and respect in coming to this decision. I will always be a fan of Wake Forest. BBN, I can’t wait to get started.”
After losing out on Purdue transfer Matt Haarms, many wondered if the Cats would find a center for next season, as it was crucial for them to find a big man to fill that void. With Sarr, they now have potentially added more size to a roster that now is if not complete, extremely close to being so.
With that said, Sarr will need a waiver to be eligible immediately next season, something both schools have to agree on. After the latest comments from now Wake Forest Head Coach Steve Forbes, that could be an issue and something to watch in the coming weeks.