Who Is Alex Sarr, Projected 1st Pick of 2024 NBA Draft?

Alex Sarr projected 1st pickAlex Sarr (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

With just over a month left for the 2024 NBA Draft, the teams are at their final stage of preparation for the event. Draft nights have always been special as it marks the start of the remarkable journeys of future Hall of Famers. Victor Wembanyama was the top pick of last year’s Draft and took the league by storm in his rookie year by winning the ROTY award.

After Wemby, another French wonderkid waits in the wings with his foot on the NBA doorstep. The talent in question is 19-year-old Alex Sarr. The 7’1″ sensation is also a center, just like his predecessor Wembanyama.

Sarr started his basketball life just at the age of 4 years. Born in Bordeaux to a basketball-loving family, it is no wonder the young one chose to be a hooper. His father, Massar, is a former Senegalese basketball player and his older brother, Olivier Sarr has a two-way contract with the OKC Thunder.

At the age of 14, Sarr joined the Real Madrid basketball team and played there for two seasons. If he turns out to be as good as another Real Madrid alumni, Luka Doncic, the NBA world is surely in for a treat.

Sarr currently plays in the Australian National Basketball League with the Perth Wildcats, where he finished his 2023-24 season with 9.4 points per game from a 52% FG, 4.3 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 0.9 assists. The NBA will not be his first experience on the USA basketball scene, as he played in Atlanta for Team Overtime and YNG Dreamerz while playing in the newly formed Overtime Elite league. He played in the league for two seasons before moving to Australia.

Sarr is currently the no.1 projected pick, and he just might have to return to Atlanta once again.

Which Team Will Potentially Land Alex Sarr?

In a draft class that has been deemed as an underwhelming one by the experts, Alex Sarr is a standout. In the early goings, Sarr is leading the race to be the first overall pick this year, a pick that the Atlanta Hawks hold.

According to Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman, Sarr could also be a no.4 pick, which will land him in Spurs alongside Wemby. But that seems unlikely given the San Antonio team might want some offensive reinforcement to strengthen the roster built around Wembanyama and would not waste a draft pick for a backup to their strongest position.

Most of the buzz going into this year’s Draft will be around Bronny James, but one thing is for sure, Sarr is getting his name called up within the top 5 names given something drastically changes during the NBA combine.

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