The nine most influential transfer waivers we are waiting on

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    1. OLIVIER SARR, Kentucky
    Sarr is easily the most impactful transfer currently waiting on a waiver. As we have come to expect out of Lexington, Kentucky is turning their roster over completely, with a brand new crop of freshmen ready to carry the torch.

    Brandon Boston is expected to be the best of the bunch. Terrence Clarke isn’t all that far behind. Devin Askew, as well as Creighton grad transfer Davion Mintz, should be able to handle point guard duties well enough. Throw in Keion Brooks, who is back for his sophomore season, as well as Cam’Ron Fletcher, that’s a pretty good place for Kentucky to start.

    The problem is up front. E.J. Montgomery went pro despite having almost no chance of playing in the NBA in the near future. Isaiah Jackson and Lance Ware are both highly-regarded, four-star big men heading to Kentucky, but neither of them are the kind of impact player that John Calipari needs at the five to be able to thrive. Sarr, however, is. He was a third-team all-ACC player a season ago, averaging 13.7 points and 9.0 boards. He put up 30 points and 17 boards on Notre Dame. He had 25 points against Duke. He went for 21 points and 13 boards against Arizona. He’s really good.

    But he also has said publicly that he left Wake Forest because of a coaching change that occurred this offseason as well as the chance to improve his basketball life. Historically, the NCAA has not given out waivers to players that are transferring because of a coaching change. There have been players that transferred after a coaching change and got a waiver, but there was a reason beyond just a different staff that allowed them to get the waiver.

    We’ll see what Kentucky cooks up.

    Because with Sarr, they are a top ten team. Without him, the Wildcats are more of a back-end top 25 team.

    2. LANDERS NOLLEY and DEANDRE WILLIAMS, Memphis
    There were three dominoes that the Memphis basketball program has been waiting on.

    The first fell last night, as Moussa Cisse committed to play his college ball for Penny Hardaway. Waivers for Nolley and Williams are the other two.

    For my money, Cisse was the most important piece here. I detailed why in this column. Nolley, however, is almost as important. A 6-foot-7, 230 pound forward, Nolley averaged 15.5 points for Virginia Tech this past season as a redshirt freshman. He’s a really good shooter that was one of the best players in the conference before tailing off down the stretch of the season. Given the current roster makeup of Memphis, he’s also a perfect fit for a program that has a defensive anchor, a ton of guards and not all that much in between that can bring it all together. With Nolley and D.J. Jeffries on the wings, Cisse in the middle and the likes of Boogie Ellis, Lester Quinones, Alex Lomax and Damian Baugh handling backcourt duties, the Tigers would be a top 20 team that could compete with Houston for an AAC title.

    Williams, who averaged 15.2 points and 6.9 boards in 18 games for Evansville last year, is more of a big than he is a perimeter weapon, but he can still contribute in that role. Williams will be 24 years old by the time the season rolls around.

    3. L.J. FIGUEROA, Oregon
    Finding impact scorers on the transfer market has become something of a specialty for Dana Altman’s program, and Figueroa is no different. He averaged 14.5 points last season for the Johnnies, and he should be a really good fit in Altman’s offense. With a roster that already includes the likes of Will Richardson, Chris Duarte, Amauri Hardy, Eugene Omoruyi and Eric Williams, it may be tough for Figueroa to crack into the starting lineup, but getting a player like this eligible immediately is only going to help.

    Figueroa appears to have a shot at getting the waiver due to the coronavirus pandemic. When Figueroa left, New York City was still the hardest hit place in the country.

    4. MAC MCCLUNG, Texas Tech
    McClung is a YouTube sensation known for his highlight reel dunks and ability to put up points in a hurry. He broke Allen Iverson’s record for points scored in Virginia high school basketball history. If there’s one thing that he can do on a basketball court, it’s get buckets.

    McClung cannot, however, guard. Anyone. He’s a really, really, really bad defender. If there’s one thing that Chris Beard will not stand for at Texas Tech, it’s someone not playing defense. And if there is one thing that this Tech program desperately needed last season, it’s someone that could get a bucket.

    Now, this all assumes that McClung is going to buy in defensively, Beard is going to put in the effort to develop him defensively and that the combination of those two things will allow McClung to beat out some of the more talented pieces on this roster — Kyler Edwards, Nimari Burnett, Kevin McCullar, Terrence Shannon — for playing time. But he is unquestionable a useful piece that Beard should be able to get the most out of, and I’m not sure there is a better place for McClung to be if he wants to fix the flaws in his game.

    McClung may have a real shot at getting a waiver as well. Georgetown’s program went through quite a bit of drama in the last eight months, including a nagging foot injury that McClung just couldn’t seem to shake.

    5. CHAUNDEE BROWN, Michigan
    Brown is a powerful, athletic wing that averaged 12.1 points this past season at Wake Forest. He left the program after his junior season, entering the NBA draft and the NCAA’s transfer portal on the same day. That was more than two weeks before head coach Danny Manning was fired by Wake Forest. If Brown does receive a waiver, he would be a nice compliment to Isaiah Livers, who is still weighing whether or not to remain in the NBA draft.

    6. BOTH GACH and LIAM ROBBINS, Minnesota
    The Golden Gophers have quite a bit left up in the air at the moment — they are also waiting on Marcus Carr to decide whether or not he is going to pull his name out of the draft — but Gach and Robbins have a big impact as well. Robbins is a 7-foot center that averaged 14.1 points and 7.1 boards as a sophomore at Drake last season, while Both Gach is a talented wing that transferred back to Minnesota, where he played his high school ball, after averaging 10.7 points as a sophomore.

    7. JAVON FREEMAN-LIBERTY, DePaul
    I know it’s hard to get too excited about anyone that is going to be playing for DePaul, but Freeman-Liberty has a chance to be really good. He’s coming off of a sophomore season where he averaged 19 points for Valparaiso, and at 6-foot-4, is the kind of explosive guard that will draw the attention of NBA scouts.
     
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    Interested to see how MacLung does. A different system may allow him to be dominating. I think he should do the Scottie Pippen thing and go somewhere like Arkansas State and just go off.
     
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    I was told Sarr won't have much of an impact at UK, so not sure how true this article is.
     
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    Whoever told you that must have had blackshear on their mind.

    Their situations are/were very similar but it’s not like that means the results will be the same. I think Sarr raises UKs ceiling but hell I dunno what anyone on their roster looks like sans him and brooks so not very informed of an opinion.
     
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    Blackshear wasn't bad last year either. Not his fault Mike White blows and their best recruit was shit. 12.8/7.5 would be a great line for Sarr.
     
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    Yeah but Kerry did that on a 19-12 Florida team. It didn’t translate to success.
     
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    Apparently winning didn’t matter to Blackshear. Had he come to UK, he would have had a lot of talent around him and he would have been in an offense that plays to his strength.

    Instead, he went to play for a mediocre coach that plays an offense that is based on 3 point shooting as their main weapon.

    But hey, he got to play at home close to his fly, so he has that to lean on while he works at Arby's.
     
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    IF hE hAd gOnE tO Uk, hE wOuLd bE bETteR! Lol Laughing
     
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    Arby’s? The dude will probably make more playing overseas than you will in your entire lifetime. Dumb statement.
     
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    It should go without saying by now.
     
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    Don't take it so literal. It was meant to be funny, but he did make a bad decision.
     
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    Uh yeah, that's correct. What coach out there cares more about getting players to the NBA than Calipari? None. Most other coaches try to keep their kids in college, Cal is as connected to NBA personnel as a college coach can be.

    How many kids has Mike White put in the NBA? How many has Cal put in there?
     
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    The usual rival haters and an FSU fan who think he’s the next Blackshear. If he can be what Nick Richards was for us last season, Kentucky will be in a good spot.
     
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    Why is it taking so long for dude to get a waiver? I think Sarr is good, I don’t think anyone’s denying that. It’s just funny to me that cats fans think just because he’s playing for UK it makes him elite.
     
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    Manbun lets UK trigger him so.
     
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    I wasn’t agreeing with the blackshear comparison, just saying that’s really the only thing ppl can point to and say well blackshear didn’t take UF over the top so Sarr won’t at UK. Which is dumb imo, Sarr is talented enough to raise any team he woulda went to up a tier. But as dumb as it is I woulda said the same about blackshear last season.
     
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    His play in the ACC is why we think he will be elite. Nobody, not one person, said he would be elite just because he's coming to UK. He was 3rd team all ACC and he did that while playing on an awful basketball team.

    At UK, he will play a very similar role to what Nick Richards played. Some actually think Sarr is better than Richards. If he is, he will show out in Cal's system.

    I DID say Kerry Blackshear would have had a much better senior season had he gone to UK and I say that because Cal's style suits him better. Cal's offense ALWAYS goes through the post. Mike White's offense is based on three point shooting.

    Calipari also relies heavily on rim protection and rebounds.

    So you tell me, do you think KB fit better at UK or Florida?
     
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    Aww, you couldn’t help yourself. “Man bun” lol
     
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    I think lots of people hated on KB when he decided Florida. The dude is who he is, I remember thinking the same thing last year bc I’ve watched the kid play his entire career. Sarr looks good from the 3 games I’ve watched him play in. I agree Cal relies heavy on rim protection, but who knows if he gels with the incoming frosh that aside from Keon Brooks is the entire makeup of the team. Don’t get me wrong, your recruits are elite from what I’ve seen. Boston looks really good, but I think Terrence Clarke is better and has a higher ceiling. Your front court looks thin even with Sarr (if he’s eligible, which I think he’ll get the waiver) and from what I’ve seen he plays hard, and has a good offensive and defensive game, I just don’t know if he’ll be the answer to UKs problems. I could very well be proven wrong. I’m honestly just hoping we even have a season at this point.
     
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    I think UK is actually going to have some depth in the front court. It will be kind of similar to what we had in 2019/20 with Richards/EJ/Sestina. I think Sarr is ahead of Richards in several categories and I think Brooks will be better than EJ Montgomery, who brought absolutely zero effort to the table. Then I think isiah Jackson and/or Lance Ware will be able to give us just as much as EJ and Sestina did.

    I don’t think Cal has to do very much with Sarr to get him ready and after seeing how well Sestina and Reid Travis played at UK after transferring, I'm very confident that Sarr will transition smoothly and be a very effective player.

    Some guys disappear after they transfer, they’re never the same, Blackshear did just that and I believe it was because he went to a program that was the worst possible fit for him. But he didn't care, he wanted to play in front of his mom, that's cool, but it was a bad move in my opinion.

    As far as Boston and Clarke, they have different styles, but right now, Boston is ahead in his development, especially from a shooting standpoint. But Clarke has more dog in him, he's a tougher kid with a bigger motor. Once he adjusts to this level, he'll be tough to stop.
     
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    Do you have a manbun? If so, how did he know that?
     
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    I don’t haha, I actually have my hair buzzed down year round. A few posters say that bc they’re triggered by me living in the Bay Area. Laughing A few have recycled it now out of lack of originality. I just let em run with it..to throw them a bone. I mean the guys username is “Crums Bald Spot”. Ya gotta laugh at the irony of that.
     
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    With guys playing around him like Boston, Clarke, Brooks, Askew, etc.... Sarr can only get better.
     
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    Do you have a working toilet or do you just go outside and shit on the sidewalk like everyone else? :D
     
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