Kentucky basketball: 5 questions the Kentucky Wildcats must answer in 2020

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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3. Kentucky questions: Will Olivier Sarr be granted immediate eligibility?

Besides using a strong freshmen class, Calipari has also fortified his roster with the use of transfers. Last season the Wildcats got a solid contribution from forward Nate Sestina, who added key minutes and leadership as a grad transfer out of Bucknell.

Kentucky got a more traditional transfer this season, landing one of the nation’s top big men in Olivier Sarr. After spending the past three years at Wake Forest, Sarr opted to transfer for his final season of college basketball, choosing Kentucky.

There is no question that the 7-footer will add a ton to Kentucky when he is available. Sarr blossomed last season with the Demon Deacons, averaging 13.7 points per game and nine rebounds a night to be a very effective presence down low.

While Calipari would love to use Sarr’s mobility and touch around the rim to create matchup problems right away that might not be an option. Sarr hasn’t graduated from Wake Forest, meaning he is facing the traditional transfer rules of sitting out a season before gaining eligibility.

Kentucky has applied for a waiver for Sarr in the hopes he will be granted eligibility to play this season. The decision of the NCAA in regards to that waiver will play a big deal in how Calipari constructs his lineup.