The news of the summer has finally been answered. Weeks turned into months of wondering exactly when or IF Olivier Sarr was going to be eligible at Kentucky.
After announcing his decision to transfer to Kentucky back on May 6th, we've watched transfer after transfer get granted eligibility at different programs. It started to seem that if Sarr didn't get eligible, it would be a personal stab by the NCAA. Well, that went out the door when there NCAA approved his transfer back in September, leaving Kentucky waiting on the SEC to announce.
Tonight the #BBN was awarded with the news that Olivier Sarr had been granted immediate eligibility at Kentucky, which put the college basketball world upside down as the Wildcats become instant title contenders and a threat to every program in the country.
I want to start by thanking the NCAA, the SEC and Kentucky for this opportunity," said Saar, a centerpiece at Wake Forest over the last three seasons who transferred to UK in early May. "I am excited to finish my college career in front of the Big Blue Nation and chase No. 9 with my team."
"I know this has been difficult for Olivier Sarr, everything from the coaching change at Wake Forest, to deciding his future to waiting through this process. He’s gone about his business every day & continued to work hard in hopes of joining his teammates on the floor this winter. I want to thank the NCAA and the SEC for considering the unique circumstances surrounding this season and we appreciate them working with us throughout this process," said John Calipari this evening.
The 7'0 255lb Center is exactly what Kentucky needs to top off the nations No.1 recruiting class, complimenting BJ Boston and Terrence Clark very well. Sarr averaged 13.7 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 0.9 AST, on 52.7% shooting from the field.
Kentucky now goes from an interesting tournament team that COULD make a deep run, to almost a lock at the final four and on. Now of course the tournament is all about the draw of the pile, and circumstances can change the outcome, but you've got to like Kentuckys chances if this team stays healthy.