By Dr. John Huang
Kentucky assistant basketball coach Joel Justus spoke a bit cryptically about the eligibility issue regarding 7’0″ transfer Olivier Sarr. As you know, Sarr is the 7’0″ transfer from Wake Forest whose eligibility the fate of the entire season could depend on. Kentucky, with all their talented incoming players, needs a post presence to remain credible as a title contender.
Justus was asked in the just-concluded media session about when he anticipates a ruling finally coming down on whether Sarr can play this year, and why there was even any confusion about the SEC rule requiring a player to have two years of eligibility remaining. Did UK not know about the rule? Perhaps anticipating the question ahead of time, Justus seemed anxious to veer off script.
“I don’t even know how to answer your question,” he began. “I’m sure Eric [Lyndsey] has given me tips on how to answer it the right way. I probably need to look at my notes to see what I’m supposed to say.”
“Olivier is a beautiful person,” Justus filibustered, repeating the words he had uttered earlier, before making an attempt to craft an answer.
“We are off today and tomorrow, and then we’ll get after it on Friday,” Justus continued, perhaps giving an indication that a decision on Sarr may be forthcoming by then. “We’re all just waiting to see what Friday looks like. And to see who shows up to practice, I guess.”
“That’s always a good sign,” he concluded with a wry smile.
Perhaps we’re reading way too much into it. But that’s what we do here in Kentucky in October.