Olivier Sarr signs with Wake Forest

Wake Forest adds Olivier Star, a standout from INSEP Academy in France, to their 2017 recruiting class.

2017 French star Olivier Sarr committed and signed with Wake Forest on Wednesday, he told Scout. 

"Coach [Danny] Manning, he's a first pick in his NBA draft," Sarr said. "He had a lot of success in the league. He worked hard. I play at the same position. His experience is precious and can help me to improve myself."

"With his wife, they really care about the well being of the players and when I saw them it remained with me my parents," he added. "All of the coaching staff is like a family with all the players, and such a spirit of truth and confidence can make you go further."

Sarr, a 6-foot-11 big man out of INSEP Academy, selected the Demon Deacons over serious interest from UCF, Vanderbilt and a host of other schools.

Sarr took an official visit to Wake Forest on February 10th and 11th. He also took official visits to California, when Cuonzo Martin was still the head coach, as well as UCF and Vanderbilt. 

"I was also very impressed by all the facilities for playing, training and recovering," he said. "The campus is made to be focused on your aim and everything is done to avoid players to waste their time. WFU is one of the best academic schools in the nation and this is very important for me."

Sarr is the third recruit of the 2017 class to opt for Wake Forest. To go with Sarr, the Demon Deacons also have Scout's No. 33 overall recruit Chaundee Brown and three-star Melo Eggleston on board. 

This past summer, Sarr played for France in the FIBA u17 World Championships. Sarr averaged 4.4 points and four rebounds a game through seven games in the event.

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