Wake Forest loses seven-footer Olivier Sarr to Kentucky

acc basketballOlivier Sarr is taking his talents to Kentucky, a big loss for Wake Forest and new coach Steve Forbes.

Sarr had informed Wake that he intended to enter the transfer portal after the school fired coach Danny Manning last month.

The seven-foot junior was a third-team All-ACC selection in 2019-2020, averaging 13.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game for the Demon Deacons.

After Wake Forest announced the hiring of Forbes, who posted a 130-43 record in five seasons at East Tennessee, Sarr met with Forbes and his new staff to discuss returning for his senior season in Winston-Salem.

He also attracted interest from Duke, Florida State, Gonzaga and Baylor, according to an ESPN report, which indicated that Sarr would not have enough credits to be able to graduate before transferring, meaning he would need to apply for a waiver from the NCAA to be able to play at UK in the 2020-2021 season.

Sarr told ESPN that he has no interest in sitting out a year if he doesn’t get the waiver, and would instead play professionally in Europe before entering the NBA Draft process in the spring of 2021.

Story by Chris Graham


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