The Wake Forest basketball program has a very important visitor this weekend. Olivier Sarr, a 6’11” center prospect in the 2017 recruiting class will be taking an official visit to Wake Forest. Sarr is from Paris, France and is rated as a 4-star prospect by Scout.com.
2017 French PF Olivier Sarr (@sarr_Olivier) starts an OV to Wake Forest this Fri. Just visited Cal & has upcoming visits to UCF & Vanderbilt— Russ Wood (@RussHoops) February 9, 2017
Russ Wood reported that Sarr has already taken an official visit to Cal, and has planned visits to UCF and Vanderbilt.
Sarr would be an excellent rim protector, as he averaged 4.5 blocks per 40 minutes at the FIBA U17 World Championships. He has long arms and very good quickness, which per Draft Express’ scouting report also allows him to play very good pick-and-roll defense, as he can show and still retreat back to his original matchup in time. His quickness also allows him to switch onto smaller defenders. This is something that Wake Forest has been lacking, and his presence would add a great deal of value. He is also a terror on the glass and averaged 12.5 rebounds per 40 minutes at the U-17’s.
His biggest weaknesses are that he needs to get stronger and also could improve his offensive game around the basket. Wake Forest would make a lot of sense for those reasons, as Ryan Horn is an excellent strength and conditioning coach, and Danny Manning is arguably the best big man coach in the country. Ideally Sarr would get to back up John Collins next year, but it’s uncertain what the future holds for Collins. Either way, depth in the front court is going to be very important, and Sarr would be an outstanding addition to the 2017 recruiting class that already includes Chaundee Brown and Melo Eggleston.