Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Quentin Grimes gets waiver to play immediately at Houston
By ADAM ZAGORIA
Houston’s Quentin Grimes was granted an NCAA waiver to play immediately this season after transferring from Kansas and should provide an immediate boost to the Cougars.
The 6-foot-5 Grimes tested the NBA waters last season at Kansas, and the Jayhawks then added several guards. Grimes then transferred to Houston, which was picked along with Memphis as the co-favorite in the American Athletic Conference.
“I’m really happy for Quentin and his family,” coach Kelvin Sampson told reporters Tuesday. “I thank the NCAA for approving his waiver. We got a lot of work to do, long way to go and we look forward to getting after it.”
Grimes, who traveled with Houston on its preseason trip to Italy and has gone through offseason conditioning, averaged 8.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists last season.
“He’s another playmaker. I think he makes people better but he needs the ball in his hands,” Sampson said last week. “He and [redshirt junior DeJon] Jarreau, I watched them play together in Italy, they did a good job of playing off one another. He just makes your team better because you take somebody that would’ve started and bringing them off the bench now, too.”
Houston lost four starters from last season’s team, but thinks the Cougars were chosen as the preseason favorite in part based on an expectation that Grimes would play.
“He’s a good player, it would help us a lot,” Sampson said. “Regardless of who we have, there’s an expectation for us to be successful. I’m sure that where we’re picked had a lot to do with Quentin being eligible because if he wasn’t eligible I doubt they’d have us picked at 1.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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