Former Wake Forest center Olivier Sarr announced Wednesday he is transferring to Kentucky, less than two weeks after Danny Manning was fired as head coach of the Demon Deacons.
The 7-footer from France has one season of eligibility remaining and is reportedly hoping for a waiver from the NCAA to play for the Wildcats in 2020-21.
Sarr earned All-ACC third-team honors as a junior in 2019-20 after averaging 13.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 30 games (15 starts).
“With everything that has happened in the last 2-3 weeks, I’ve had a lot to think about and consider,” Sarr posted on Twitter. “If I’m being honest, it’s been an emotional struggle for me. Coach Manning and the staff were like family. After thinking deeply about it, talking with my support system and weighing my future, I just didn’t feel like I could be at my best by returning to Wake Forest.
“With that said, I have decided to finish my career at the University of Kentucky and take on this challenge.”
Wake Forest fired Manning on April 25 after he posted losing records in five of his six seasons in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Demon Deacons were 13-18 last season.
The school hired former East Tennessee State coach Steve Forbes last week.
Sarr appeared in 85 games with 31 starts in three seasons on Tobacco Road, averaging 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds.
–Field Level Media