One of the top players and prospects at the John Lucas Midwest Invitational this past weekend was 6-foot-4 combination guard Quentin Grimes.
Grimes impressed with his scoring ability and versatility at the guard position. The 2018 prospect can play and defend either guard position and plays the game with good poise.
“I thought I played really well,” Grimes told Scout. “I felt like my scoring is getting a lot better and I’ve been working and training my speed and agility and getting ready for the season. I felt like I was able to get to the basket.”
Grimes plays the game at a good pace and does a good job of changing his speeds and using hesitations and ball fakes to keep defenders off balance. He said he learned that from playing against seasoned players in pick up.
“Just whenever I was little my dad would take me to the gym and play with older guys so I was always the point guard and had to know how to play, so it just grew on me,” Grimes said.
Since emerging as a high major recruit last year, Grimes has reeled in quite a bit of college attention.
Who is prioritizing him?
“Really Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas, coach [Bill] Self and coach [Jerrance] Howard have come down a couple of times. Virginia and Arizona, they’ve been on me pretty hard too. My mom said we are scheduled to go to their Red and Blue game.”
On Saturday, following the camp, Grimes made an hour drive from Louisville to Lexington to visit Kentucky.
“It was really good,” he said of the UK visit. “I was thankful that coach [Kenny] Payne and coach [John] Calipari came in so late. It was good to see them. They took me all over campus, showed me the dorm and I know [De’Aaron] Fox, so he came by and said what’s up. It was good.”
Payne recently watched Grimes in an open gym and that has led to increased interest.
“After coach Payne came to practice he told me and mom that he called coach Calipari right away and said I was going one of the guys they needed to get. That makes me work that much harder, because he’s such a great coach.”
Two weeks ago, Grimes took an unofficial visit to Oklahoma.
“It was really good,” he said. “I was there with Trae Young. He was there on his official. I got to see them practice. They practiced for like an hour. Then they had an open scrimmage so I got to see them run some plays.”
Grimes is regarded as the No. 35 overall in the 2018 class.