Grimes slides right in and takes over for a Kansas program that has produced its share of gritty, tough guards in recent years like Devonte’ Graham and Frank Mason. “Hopefully, I can lead the team to a Final Four and a championship,” Grimes told ZAGSBLOG last December after dropping 44 points in a game in California. “I’m a bigger guard that can play and guard the one, two or three positions,” he said. “I can handle the ball and I feel like I have pretty good vision out there on the court. I can shoot the ball, attack the ball, and make plays for my teammates.” Self knows all about Grimes’ heroics. He coached him this past summer on the gold-medal winning USA team in the FIBA U18 Americas Championship in St. Catharines, Ontario. In the gold medal game in which the Americans thrashed Canada, 113-74, Grimes had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to earn MVP honors.
Slow-motion look at Quentin Grimes’ shooting stroke. Love his size, toughness and IQ. Still needs to prove himself as a perimeter shooter. pic.twitter.com/45D2SkryLl— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) November 6, 2018
Self said he talked with Grimes on Monday and jokingly said, “I’ve screwed up a lot of great players early on.”“Well, do they get out of it?” Grimes asked his coach. “Every one of them,” Self told him. “So I was glad he got out of it tonight.”
On the big stage, Grimes delivered a big performance in his college debut.“Q was fabulous tonight,” Self said. “There was nothing tentative about him tonight.” FREE THROWS Josh Langford went for 18 points and 4 rebounds for Michigan State, Kenny Goins had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Cassius Winston tallied 13 points and 11 assists …Kansas forward Silvio de Sousa sat on the bench in sweats after the team announced he would be withheld from competition pending the outcome of an eligibility review.