The Kentucky Wildcats’ chances at winning their ninth national championship this coming March just increased significantly. Wednesday, the NCAA granted transfers Olivier Sarr and Jacob Toppin instant eligibility waivers to play for the Wildcats this season.

Sarr transferred to Kentucky in May after spending the first three years of his college career at Wake Forrest. The 7-foot center averaged 13.7 points for the Demon Deacons last season while grabbing nine rebounds. He is expected to be the Wildcats starting center, replacing Nick Richards, who declared for the NBA Draft in April.

Toppin comes to Kentucky after spending his freshman year at Rhode Island. Toppin averaged 5.1 points with 3.9 rebounds off the bench for the Rams. He is the younger brother of former Dayton star Obi Toppin who was named the 2020 National College Player of the Year and is a projected lottery pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.

With the addition of Sarr and Toppin, Kentucky now has four players with significant college experience on their acttive roster, joining Davion Mintz and Keion Brooks.

Photo: UK Athletics

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