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Quentin Grimes cuts to four, sets officials (UPDATED)
Quentin Grimes, the 6-foot-5, 195-pound point guard from College Park High School (TX), has trimmed his list to four schools and set up official visits with each.
Grimes will visit Texas (Sept. 22), Kentucky (Sept. 29), Kansas (Oct. 13) and Marquette (Oct. 20)
“Those are really my final four right now,” he said Wednesday by phone.
He broke down all four home visits and schools for ZAGSBLOG:Kansas: “[Their message is] I’m a big priority to them. I have to sign with them, they have to sign with me, I’m a must-get for them. I can come in there and be the primary scorer, primary ball-handler and be able to play alongside Charlie Moore with them. Also be able to play with their good player in their frontcourt as well. Just come in there and a be big contributor to their offense.”
Kentucky: “Coach Cal’s message is he gets players to the league. I’m a definitely a player that can can done with that. Come in there and play alongside other five-star players, get better every day, development on and off the court. Can’t help but get better playing with other great players, all playing alongside each other and pushing each other. So I could go in there, be the primary ball-handler, overall have a good year with them and try to get them a national championship.”
Kentucky is also involved for 2018 point guard Immanuel Quickley who takes his official this weekend, but that’s not an issue for Grimes.
“Yeah, he talked about the transition to the NBA and if gets three guards he’ll take them all and he just has to make them work. So if he gets three guards, he’ll play three guards. The best players will play for sure.”
Marquette: “They’ve been on me heavy for about a year now, been at every game, almost the whole coaching staff at every game. I could come in there and play alongside Markis Howard, he’s a great shooter, a great ball-handler, and just be able to complement each other really well. I can take them to the next step, an Elite Eight or Final Four Appearances and hopefully that national championship.”
Texas: “That I’m a must priority for them and will play alongside Matt Coleman. I already know Matt, have a good relationship with him so that’s a big deal for me. I already know the point guard, he lets me know how practice is, how the campus is, so that we will be able to complement each other well. I could come in there, be a primary scorer and be able to lead that team for sure.”
Grimes averaged 21.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.3 assists at the Adidas Summer Championships last week with his AAU team, Basketball University.
As for a timetable on a decision, he said. “Just whenever I feel comfortable with the right school and get a feel about the campus. I’m not trying to rush anything.”
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.