Quentin Grimes, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound senior shooting guard from College Park High School in The Woodlands, Texas, liked what he heard in Monday night’s in-home recruiting visit with Kansas head coach Bill Self and assistant Jerrance Howard.
The No. 11-ranked player in the recruiting class of 2018, according to Rivals.com, learned he’s mighty high on the Jayhawks’ wish list.
“They were real straight-up and straightforward with me that I’m the best guard in the country. They basically told me that I have to sign with them,” Grimes told Eric Bossi of Rivals.com.
“They have (playing) time available and really think that I would be a good complement with Charlie Moore next year. They said they have to get me, they were very clear on that,” Grimes added to Bossi.
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Grimes said KU coaches “have been contacting me almost every day and that they think I’m the best guard in the country. (That) has really stood out to me.”
Grimes had in-home visits with coaches from his other three finalists — Kentucky, Texas and Marquette — last weekend. He recently eliminated Baylor, Texas A&M and Arizona.
He told Catspause.com he will make an official visit to Kentucky on Sept. 29-Oct. 1 and has not yet set dates for his other three visits.
“I’m not rushing to make any decision. Whenever the timing is right I will do it,” Grimes told Rivals.com. “Waiting (until spring) is an option. If I go take my visits and feel like I need to take unofficials and see them again I could do that. I’m not in a rush.”
Kansas has been considered the leader for Grimes, partly because his mother attended KU. However, Grimes has told recruiting analysts his mom is OK with any choice he makes.
“She doesn’t pressure me at all with Kansas. She wants me to pick the right school, pick whatever’s the right fit for me. There’s no pressure at all,” Grimes, who averaged 28.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists for College Park last season, told 247sports.com.
In-home visits galore
Self is scheduled to have an in-home visit Thursday with Devon Dotson, a 6-1 senior point guard from Providence Day High School in Charlotte, N.C.
Dotson, the No. 17 ranked player in the recruiting class of 2018 according to Rivals.com, is scheduled to visit Florida this weekend. He visited Clemson last weekend and KU on Aug. 25-27.
He also has UCLA, Wake Forest and Maryland on his list. KU and Florida are considered the current favorites.
Self was to visit power forward prospect David McCormack’s mom on Wednesday afternoon in Norfolk, Va., and point guard prospect Immanuel Quickley on Wednesday night in Maryland.
McCormack, a 6-10, 260-pound senior from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., and Quickley, a 6-4 senior from John Carroll High in Bel Air, Md., have already made official visits to KU. Quickley is ranked No. 10 and McCormack No. 33 in the class of 2018 by Rivals.com.
Azubuike, Wade, Carter attend symposium
KU sophomore center Udoka Azubuike, Kansas State junior Dean Wade and West Virginia senior Jevon Carter were three of 19 college basketball players who traveled to Indianapolis last weekend for the NCAA’s Elite Student-Athlete Symposium.
The symposium consisted of a series of meetings designed to help prospective NBA players in their quest to pursue a career in the pros. No freshmen were invited.
Attendees included Arizona’s Rawle Alkins, Syracuse’s Tyus Battle, Xavier’s Trevon Bluiett, Villanova’s Jalen Brunson, Seton Hall’s Angel Delgado, Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ, Louisville’s V.J. King, Butler’s Kelan Martin and Arizona’s Allonzo Trier.
ESPN’s Jonathan Givony said the players met with a scouting panel of former NBA executives exploring what teams look for in prospects. They also met with Ron Klempner of the NBA Players Association and with former college/pro player Derek Anderson, who — according to ESPN — “told his unlikely story of how he emerged as a top-shelf high school prospect, NCAA champion, NBA lottery pick, and then successful businessman following his basketball career.”
The players also heard an insurance expert discuss the acquisition of “loss of value and disability insurance.” NCAA officials spoke on how players can enter the NBA Draft while while retaining NCAA eligibility.