Kansas recruiting target Quentin Grimes, a 6-foot-5 senior combo guard from College Park High School in The Woodlands, Texas, had a good time on his visit to Kentucky last weekend, but did not commit to the Wildcats, Grimes’ AAU program director told Zagsblog.com on Tuesday.
Grimes, the No. 11-ranked player in the recruiting class of 2018 according to Rivals.com, next will make campus visits to KU on Oct. 13-15 and Marquette on Oct. 20-22. He previously visited Texas on Sept. 22-24.
“I think he really liked it (Kentucky). Basically, they just have so much credibility just because of the success they’ve had, not just with elite guys but with guys they feel can be one-and-done,” Rhossi Carron, Grimes’ AAU program director with Basketball University (of Texas), told Zagsblog.com on Tuesday.
“They (UK coaches) feel like he’s one of the best guards in the country, one of the better NBA prospects in that class. They feel if he came in and got to improving, the opportunity to play against other guys that are just as talented in practice will take him to another level. They feel he has a chance to be one-and-done,” Carron added.
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Grimes will participate in a USA Basketball minicamp this weekend with several other players, including KU recruiting targets Romeo Langford and Zion Williamson.
Langford, a 6-4 senior shooting guard from New Albany (Ind.) High School, will visit KU on Oct. 27-29. Williamson, a 6-6 senior forward from Spartanburg (S.C.) Day School, who did not commit to KU following his official visit to Lawrence last weekend, has additional trips scheduled to Duke on Oct. 20-22 and UCLA on Oct. 27-29.
Williamson also has said he will visit North Carolina and Kentucky. He has made unofficial visits to Clemson and South Carolina. Williamson is ranked No. 2 and Langford No. 6 in the class of 2018 according to Rivals.com.
Dotson cuts Florida
Blue-chip point guard Devon Dotson has eliminated Florida from his list of schools, Zagsblog.com reported Tuesday, reiterating a Rivals.com report on Monday.
The Gators received oral commitments from a pair of point guards the last two days — Noah Locke on Tuesday and Andrew Nembhard on Monday.
Locke, a 6-2 senior from McDonogh High in Owings Mills, Md., who is ranked No. 63 in the recruiting class of 2018 by Rivals.com, chose Florida over Ohio State, Michigan, Xavier and Providence. His commitment followed the Monday pledge of Nembhard, a 6-4 senior from Montverde Academy in Florida, who is ranked No. 26 nationally.
Dotson, a 6-1 senior from Providence Day High in Charlotte, N.C., is considering KU, Maryland and Clemson. His dad, Dana, told Rivals.com on Monday that Devon would likely announce his college choice, “pretty soon, like in a week or so.”
Dotson told A1 Hoops Report he’s looking forward to competing with his high school team in a high school tournament in December in China.
“My coach informed me this summer. He said they invited four USA teams to travel to China to compete in a tournament-based atmosphere,” Dotson said. “I think it should be fun. I can’t wait for it.”
Mason has 17 points in debut
Former KU point guard and consensus 2016-17 national college player of the year Frank Mason came off the bench and scored 17 points in his NBA exhibition debut for the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.
Mason, who was selected fourth in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft, hit 5 of 10 shots (2 of 4 from three) and 5 of 6 free throws in the Kings’ 106-100 victory over San Antonio in Sacramento, Calif. The 5-foot-11 Mason grabbed six rebounds and had one assist against one turnover in 22 minutes.
“I think I was solid,” Mason told the Sacramento Bee “I really don’t like to talk about myself, it’s all about the team.”
Of his six boards, Mason said: “I love to rebound. As a little guard I kind of get to sneak in there and rebound, but I’d rather have more assists than rebounds.”
“Frank’s got guts,” Kings’ coach Dave Joerger told the Bee. “And that’ll translate over everything.”
Jayhawks hold first real workout
KU’s basketball team, which opened the 2017-18 preseason at Saturday’s Late Night in the Phog, held the first regular two-hour workout of the campaign Tuesday in the Jayhawks’ practice facility.
The team will practice regularly in advance of its first exhibition game Oct. 31 against Pittsburg State. KU will meet Fort Hays State on Nov. 7, then open for real against Tennessee State on Nov. 10. All three games are at Allen Fieldhouse.
“I think the Italy practices helped us get a jump start,” KU coach Bill Self said recently of the 2017-18 season. “The trip was a good trip, very good (four wins in August; followed by Boot Camp conditioning Sept. 18-22 and 25-27 and Late Night in the Phog Saturday). But it was hard to tell what we’re like since Doke (Udoka Azubuike) was out a couple of games, Billy Preston was out a couple of games. Mitch (Lightfoot) wasn’t himself. He was playing with a mask. We had guys nicked up, so we were playing guards at the five spot. Practices (10 prior to the trip) were good up to that point.
“I think on the perimeter we’re further ahead,” Self added, thanks in part to the trip to Italy. “I love our five guards. There’s no question you look at Devonté (Graham), Svi (Mykhailiuk), Lagerald (Vick) and Malik (Newman), that’s four guys we know can do it. Throw in Marcus Garrett, who is going to be terrific. The question is we’re so young inside. Mitch is our biggest veteran coming back. He’s a sophomore and didn’t play much last year. Udoka would have played a ton, but he obviously got hurt. He’s finally 18 (his birthday was Sept. 17). At least we’ve got a little bit of age there.
“Billy of course is a freshmen,” Self added. “That’s a lot of pressure for some underclassmen to perform well on the front line. Of course there will be times we can obviously go small, also. It’s a fun group. It’s a pretty athletic group. We have a bunch of good guys who I think can play at a pretty high level.”