The Kentucky Wildcats have finally found their big-man. Wake Forrest center Olivier Sarr has told ESPN he will transfer to Kentucky next season.

In an interview with ESPN’s Jeff Borzello and Jonathan Givony, Sarr said, “I felt that was the best fit and the best opportunity for me. Being able to play for that great program and showcase my winning drive on that stage. Coach Cal made me understand that I was needed over there.”

This comes just a day after new Wake Forest head coach Steve Forbes took a jab at UK saying “I think the most important thing is, why would you go to Wake for three years, put all that time in to get this prestigious degree, and end up getting your degree at a place like Kentucky?”

Sarr spoke highly of his time in Winston-Salem, saying, “It’s going to be tough, talking to my coaches and teammates, fans, professors, managers. It’s a tough decision. I don’t know how to explain it. I loved Wake. They welcomed me with open arms, when I was a skinny freshman who barely spoke English. I will always be a Deacon. I hope they always remember me as a Deacon.”

Last season Sarr earned third-team All-ACC honors last season after averaging 13.7 points and 9.0 rebounds for the Demon Deacons. He tallied 11 double-doubles.

The 7-footer will likely be granted instant eligibility since he left Wake Forest in light of a coaching change as Danny Manning was fired and replaced by Forbes last week.

If granted eligibility, he will likely be Kentucky’s starting center next season.

Photo via Wake Forest Athletics

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