Kentucky already had the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class coming to Lexington, and now it has scored one of the best players in the transfer portal.
Wake Forest star big man Olivier Sarr announced his intentions to transfer to Kentucky on Wednesday.
When Danny Manning was fired, Sarr decided to enter the portal. According to an ESPN report, Sarr considered Kentucky, Baylor, Gonzaga, Duke and Florida State. He also met with new Wake Forest head coach Steve Forbes and his staff this past weekend.
Sarr earned third-team All-ACC honors as a junior this past season, averaging 13.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. He shot at a 52.7 percent clip from the field.
The 7-foot, 255-pound center will apply for a waiver from the NCAA that will make him eligible immediately. If that’s not granted, he’ll reportedly look to play overseas for one season before entering the NBA Draft.
In a radio appearance Tuesday on WSJS, Forbes was asked about Sarr and said, “I think the most important thing is, why would you go to Wake for three years, put all that time in to get this prestigious degree, and end up getting your degree at a place like Kentucky?”
Forbes clearly saw the writing on the wall before Sarr made it official. In other college hoops news, East Tennessee State named Jason Shay as Forbes’ replacement this morning. Shay had been on the ETSU staff for the last five years.
FanDuel has Kentucky listed with 13/1 odds to win the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga is the 9/1 ‘chalk.’ The next-shortest odds belong to Villanova (10/1), Baylor (11/1) and Virginia (11/1). Duke shares 13/1 odds with the Wildcats.