The outlook for Kentucky’s 2020-21 basketball season obtained considerably brighter on Wednesday when the program introduced that Wake Forest switch Olivier Sarr shall be eligible for the upcoming season. The 7-footer completed second behind North Carolina’s Garrison Brooks within the voting for the ACC’s Most Improved Participant as a junior final season after averaging 13.7 factors, 9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per sport. He additionally hit a career-best 52.7% of his photographs.
Sarr would be the Wildcats’ probably starter at heart as Kentucky enters the season laden with youth and light-weight on huge males. Sarr introduced in Could that he deliberate to switch to Kentucky after Wake Forest’s teaching transition from Danny Manning to Steve Forbes. Kentucky, nonetheless, was awaiting SEC clearance for Sarr to play instantly.
Kentucky additionally introduced that Rhode Island switch Jacob Toppin shall be eligible instantly after he averaged 5.1 factors and three.9 rebounds per sport for the Rams as a freshman final season. He’s the youthful brother of Obi Toppin, who led Dayton to a 29-2 document final season earlier than declaring for the NBA Draft.
Sarr and Toppin being dominated eligible will add depth and maturity to a Kentucky crew welcoming the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class to campus. The six-man class is highlighted by top-10 prospects BJ Boston and Terrence Clarke, each of whom are wings. Whereas freshmen Isaiah Jackson and Lance Ware are listed at 6-foot-10 and 6-foot-9, respectively, they’d probably have been requested to hold a heaven burden within the paint as they adjusted to the faculty sport if Sarr had not been eligible.