A minimum of the procedure is formally underway to get Olivier Sarr eligible to play at Kentucky next season.

The 7-0 center moved to Kentucky after balancing 13.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in 2015 for Wake Forest and coach Danny Manning. Nevertheless, when Manning was fired right before the due date for players to go into the NBA draft, Sarr chose to leave Wake Forest regardless of the pleas of new coach Steve Forbes

ESPN analyst Penis Vitale revealed on Twitter Saturday that UK had actually started the eligibility waiver request. He tweeted that Calipari “informed me tonight that all the paper work for Olivier Sarr has been submitted to the NCAA for a waiver to be eligible quickly.”

Vitale stated it was a “no brainer” to him that “all gamers at a school with a coaching modification must be permitted to move and be permitted to play.” It might be but it is not with the NCAA which has actually never instantly permitted that in basketball and fotoball– despite the fact that there is conversation about making that alright like it remains in some other sports.

Sarr, a third-team all-ACC choice in 2015, would definitely fill a substantial space on Kentucky’s 2020-21 group. The Cats do not have a true center on the current roster unless Sarr is stated eligible.

The NCAA wasted no time at all giving eligibility for Kentucky transfer Johnny Juzang for next season at UCLA. Will it do the same for Sarr? Some like Vitale and ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg think it ought to be an easy yes. Others are not so sure the NCAA will cut Kentucky or Sarr any leniency at all.

And now that the paperwork has been sent and reports are that Forbes offered his true blessing to the waiver, then the NCAA needs to now be able to review the case and one wants to believe by July 4th we might have an answer.