Kentucky media members wonder how new draft date will impact Olivier Sarr's eligibility
On Saturday, it was reported that the NBA would be moving the draft to Oct. 16 and would allow players a new window to declare.
Now, players can declare for the draft any time between now and Aug. 17, with the new deadline for withdrawing from the class set for Oct. 6.
How will that affect some key players? Well, now they all have more time to decide on the next step of their careers:
A bit of a bombshell here. What this means is that college and international players who had previously elected NOT to enter the 2020 NBA draft now have until August 17th to revisit those decisions and potentially enter now. News story coming. https://t.co/2W4wn1j37M
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 20, 2020
That, understandably, caught the attention of several Kentucky media members. That’s because transfer big man Olivier Sarr from Wake Forest is still waiting for the NCAA to rule if he has eligibility this coming season or not.
Sarr said he will go to the NBA Draft if he isn’t immediately eligible, and Kentucky media members worry that this later declaration deadline will cause the NCAA to rule he has to sit out a year:
If a key argument in Olivier Sarr's transfer waiver is he didn't have time to make an NBA decision once Manning was fired, well… https://t.co/heCQqmVthc
— Derek Terry (@DerekSTerry) June 20, 2020
Something to watch here with Olivier Sarr. https://t.co/KMks54MxP0
— Aaron Gershon (@agershon99) June 20, 2020
This could be a massive blow to the basis of Olivier Sarr’s transfer waiver request. NCAA needs to let the kid know before this new deadline, so he can declare it they aren’t going to let him play at Kentucky this season. https://t.co/9URxZbMVZa
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) June 20, 2020
Not sure how this will impact Olivier Sarr’s waiver results but I do think it will speed up the process. The NCAA SHOULD make a decision soon so he has options. https://t.co/F5cYY1gTBW
— Shawn Smith (@gbbcountry) June 20, 2020
The new draft entry could definitely change things on Olivier Sarr
And it also takes away one of Kentucky’s best arguments for a waiver
So not great news for UK
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) June 20, 2020
The NCAA has been all over the place with eligibility rulings in recent years, so it’s still anyone’s guess whether Sarr will be able to play this coming season or not.