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Sunday / October 25.
  • NCAA cleared Kentucky’s Olivier Sarr two months ago; needs SEC waiver to play

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Kentucky’s Olivier Sarr was granted a waiver two months ago by the NCAA and he is awaiting a waiver from the SEC, ZAGSBLOG has independently confirmed.

    The news of the NCAA granting the waiver was first reported by ESPN’s Dick Vitale.

    ZAGSBLOG first reported Monday that the holdup is the SEC rule mandating that undergraduate transfers have two seasons of competition remaining. The 7-foot Frenchman played three seasons at Wake Forest and has only one year remaining.

    An SEC spokesman said Monday Sarr would need a waiver from the conference to become eligible, but declined to comment on what waivers are or are not “in house.”

    Sarr averaged 13.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game as a junior last season, notching 11 double-doubles. He was arguably the top transfer on the market this spring.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.