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Alex Sarr, potential No. 1 pick, declares for the 2024 NBA draft

PERTH, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 13: Alex Sarr of the Wildcats looks on as he warms up for match three of the NBL semi-final series between Perth Wildcats and Tasmania Jackjumpers at the RAC Arena, on March 13, 2024, in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Alex Sarr is projected to be a top three pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. The 7-foot-1 French basketball player declared for the draft on Friday.

Sarr, who turns 19 this month, played in the Australian National Basketball League last season. He averaged 9.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks while shooting 30 percent from three-point range in 17 minutes per game for the Perth Wildcats.

“I had a great year playing professional basketball in the NBL,” Sarr said on ESPN’s NBA today. “There was a lot of growth in my game and as a person. I’m ready for the next step, so it made sense for me to sign up for the concept. I am grateful for the year I spent in the NBL with the Perth wildcats.”

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Sarr is projected to be the No. 1 overall selection in Krysten Peek’s latest NBA mock draft for Yahoo Sports:

The versatile center really showed improvement in his footwork off the block and in taking players off the dribble. He is also an elite rim protector. In a draft considered wide open, Sarr is a name consistently projected at the top.

Last September, Sarr started looking like No. 1 material to NBA scouts in two games against G League Ignite in Las Vegas, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. He averaged 21.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and six blocks, while also showing a long-range shooting touch and strong take-the-ball to the basket.

In addition to his 7-foot-1 height, Sarr also has a 7-foot-4 wingspan. These traits, along with his athleticism, have NBA teams excited about his abilities as a rim protector and defender. At 205 pounds, his frame is small for the NBA. But the performances of rookies Victor Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren this season have shown that lanky, athletic players can impress without being overpowered.

Sarr’s older brother, Olivier, played for the Oklahoma City Thunder the past three seasons.

After two seasons with Real Madrid’s youth cadet team in Spain, Sarr played in the United States in the Overtime Elite League. In his second season with YNG Dreamerz, he averaged 11.1 points and 6.5 rebounds in 25 minutes per game.

Sarr was one of several prospects who declared for the 2024 draft on Friday, including UConn center Donovan Clingan and Duke stars Kyle Filipowski and Jared McCain.

The 2024 NBA Draft will be held June 26-27 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The NBA Draft Lottery to determine which team will receive the No. 1 overall pick will take place on May 16. The Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards and Charlotte Hornets have the best chances to win that selection.

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