QUENTIN GRIMES 2018 HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER PROFILE
#10 RANKED PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2018)
STAR RANKING: 5 STARS
WEIGHT: 205 POUNDS
POSITION: SHOOTING GUARD/POINT GUARD
HIGH SCHOOL: THE WOODLANDS COLLEGE PARK HIGH SCHOOL IN TEXAS
CHOSE KANSAS OVER: TEXAS, MARQUETTE, KENTUCKY, AMONG MANY OTHERS
Kansas head coach Bill Self has built the Jayhawks into a national power by having an abundance of talented guards on his rosters. This year, Self has veterans LaGerald Vick, Malik Newman, and Devonte Graham. Next year the future hall of fame coach will be bringing in another immensely talented guard in Quentin Grimes. The number 10 ranked player in the class of 2018 is capable of playing both back-court positions. However, with 5-star point guard Devin Dotson enrolling into the program, it looks as though Grimes will start out at the shooting guard spot as Self has secured his back-court for the future.
Grimes has everything that scouts look for in a guard. He has a well-built, ready made college body who should have no problems handling the physicality of big-time division 1 basketball. He is a strong and athletic combo-guard who is lethal in an open court setting, which makes him a perfect fit for the Jayhawks. The McDonald’s All-American is one of the purest scorers in the prep ranks. He can put up points in a hurry and has a multitude of ways in which he does it.
Grimes has a natural shooting stroke with a quick release. He shows off an excellent mid-range game, which is becoming rare in high school basketball. He can post up smaller guards and shoot over them and can take players off the dribble because of his very good ball-handling ability. While his scoring ability alone would make him a top prospect, Grimes is more than a one trick pony.
He can run an offense and will most likely have his opportunities to do so at Kansas. His ability to play both the PG and SG positions make him invaluable to a team. When running the point, Grimes shows above-average court vision. One area where he can improve upon when running an offense is being more patient and wait for plays to develop a little longer. He shows a tendency to go one on one once a play breaks down. He can get by with this at the prep level, however, he will need to show patience and confidence in teammates when he gets to college. The Texas native rebounds the ball at both ends of the floor at a high level.
The 6’4″ guard has the capability of being an excellent college defender with the versatility to guard multiple positions. With his size and strength, Grimes seems to take playing defense personally. Bill Self loves his guards to pressure the ball and Grimes fits right in with that philosophy. His size should make it tough for smaller opposing guards to get clear passing lanes. Because of his quick feet and agility, he will be able to switch on screens and close out on shooters. Little things like this are very valuable to a team and makes the player so important in the overall scheme for a team.
Bill Self has to be thrilled at landing a player as talented as Quentin Grimes. Along with Devon Dotson, he has 2 young and ultra-talented players coming into the program to replace the veterans who will be graduating. In our opinion, if Quentin Grimes continues on his natural progression, he can be a future pro. The physical tools are there. He has the athletic ability, strength, and size to be an impact player from the time he steps foot in Lawrence, Kansas.
His ability to play both guard spots is a major plus. Because of his defensive potential, we wouldn’t be surprised if he even played the SF position if the Jayhawks use a 3-guard rotation. Whatever the case may be, Quentin Grimes will be one of the top freshman in not only the Big-12 conference next season but in all of college basketball. He will be fun to watch play and grow as a player.
PRO’S AND CON’S OF GRIMES’ OVERALL GAME
Ability to play both guard spots
Has multiple ways of scoring
Can guard 3 positions (PG, SG, SF)
Has all the physical tools
Can improve decision making with the ball
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF QUENTIN GRIMES
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