Phog Profile: Kalen Grimes

If he had to choose today, he'd pick Kansas. But Grimes plans to wait and see. (Updated 07.08.03)

Kalen Grimes
6'9 BF / C
Florissant (MO) Hazelwood Central

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(07.09.03) Grimes fought twisted and spun his way through double teams and played with consistent effort. He will fire up an occasional one-handed turnaround jump shot that doesn't have much of a chance, but the jump hook off of a spin he is developing should serve him well on the next level. With his rep on the line, Grimes is playing with pride and coming up big.
- Prepstars Premium

(05.22.03)The Florissant (MO) Hazelwood Central star has a tattoo on his bicep that reads "I got that fire" and when he plays with that fire he is an absolute beast in the low post and on the boards. Grimes is incredibly quick and explosive for a player who weighs in the neighborhood of 260-pounds and can split low post double teams with a nice spin move. He also has developed a reliable turnaround jump shot from 6-8 feet. However, he does have a tendency to take trips off or sometimes even halves off if he isn't getting the ball consistently. He's favoring Kansas at the moment and has the ability to make an immediate impact there or at any other school in the country. He needs to develop at least one more go-to move and bring it every trip up and down the court.

- Eric Bossi, Prepstars.com (Premium)

(04.11.03) Grimes helped direct Hazelwood Central to a 19-7 record this past season by averaging 14.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and an astounding 6.0 blocks per game. As far as his recruiting goes, Grimes mentioned that right now he is wide open and does not have a favorite, but he has heard from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Purdue and St. Louis.

"Having a chance to come in and play right away would be the ideal situation for me," Grimes told Hoopmasters.com. "I would like to go to a school that runs plays around the post player."

- Hoopmasters

(01.13.03)Illinois Basketball Coach Bill Self's two prime recruits in the junior class are 6-6 point guard Shaun Livingston of Peoria Central and 6-9, 245-pound power forward Kalen Grimes of Hazelwood Central in St. Louis.

Grimes has emerged as a top 20 player, maybe top 10, according to recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons. He wasn't even listed among Gibbons' top 33 juniors last spring. But he was hailed as the No. 1 underclassman at the Nike All-America camp last July in Indianapolis. "Grimes is a high school version of Karl Malone,'' Gibbons said. "He is a complete package around the basket, very physical, very forceful."
- Chicago Sun Times

(12.12.02) No one can prevent Grimes from bulling his way through the lane and either slamming the fall or getting fouled. Big Kalen's best move of the night was a post up and spin right that he finished with a short jump hook.
-Eric Bossi and Rob Harrington, KMOX Shootout - Prepstars Premium

(12.12.02) Picure of Kalen from KMOX Shootout.

(12.04.02) Two possessions later, Grimes -- a Windex man deluxe -- snatches a board, quickly outlets and freight-trains the length of the wood. On reaching the top of key on the opposite end, the Beast calls for the ball, only to fumble a tricky bounce pass at shin level. Most onlookers would blame the turnover on the passer -- but not the state's top prospect. "My bad!" Grimes yells. Like most bona fide superstars, Grimes would rather be thrown a difficult pass in traffic or transition than see his teammates play it safe.
Riverfront Times

(09.18.02) Ranked #30 in his class by Prepstars.

(09.11.02) Powerful post player is a warrior inside who plays as hard as anyone. He has good size and strength and uses them to box out for rebounds and score on the post with strong moves. He runs the floor well and is very aggressive at both ends of the floor.

(12.06.02) Grimes put up 20 points and 12 boards in his team's opening game. With the solid body and skilled inside game, Grimes will be on the travel itenerary of many schools over the next few months.
- Thom Jones, (Prepstars Premium)

(11.14.02) During the fall period Kansas sent an assistant coach out to watch Grimes play, according to his coach.
Grimes Ready to Dominate (Insiders Premium)

(10.22.02 Illinois is going to be extremely tough to beat for Grimes services. KU and Mizzou seem to be the others with a legit shot at this time (maybe even Florida to some extent), but from what I hear he is already a strong Illinois lean, even if he isn't saying it publicly.
- Eric Bossi, Prepstars

(09.11.02) Powerful post player is a warrior inside who plays as hard as anyone. He has good size and strength and uses them to box out for rebounds and score on the post with strong moves. He runs the floor well and is very aggressive at both ends of the floor.

(08.07.02) He overwhelmed all comers in the low post at the Nike Camp then helped lead the St. Louis Eagles past the Houston Hoops in the Nike/Super Showcase title game at Disney World
- Frank Burlison, Fox Sports

(07.13.02) Kalen Grimes was ranked as the ninth best prospect attending the Nike All American Camp by Frank Burlison. and the sixth best underclassmen by Eric Bossi.

(07.10.02) Kalen was stating his fondness for Illinois, saying "I love their coaching staff, campus and the proximity to home". He really likes Illinois and Carolina the best right now. He states that when he's not playing with his AAU team, he's shooting over a 1,000 jumpers a day in trying to expand his overall game, to be an effective shooter in the paint. His doctor also feels that he's not done growing.
- News Gazette

(07.06.02) Frank Burlison named Kalen Grimes as one of three top juniors to watch in the Midwest.

(05.19.02) He has an excellent combination of size, skills and agility. For a kid about 6-7, 260 he can get up and down the floor with anybody on the team and not seem winded. Excellent conditioning and footwork. He is strong and outmuscles others for rebounds. Seals off his man very well and gets great position in the low post. He can put the ball on the floor like a forward and create some offense.
- Illniboard.com

(05.14.02) Speaking of Grimes, this kid is a bad, bad man. Bad as in good. This thick bodied (he's probably around 240-250 pounds) banger in the key is another Elton Brand in the making. Grimes doesn't back down from competition, makes strong takes to the bucket and he finishes plays. He competes hard, has good hands and keeps it very simple. He's going to overpower players. And there isn't much that most high school players can do about it. Grimes is a blue-collar kid, who probably will add more athleticism as he tones and defines his thick frame. This kid's for real. He plays for head coach Rich Gray's St. Louis Eagles program and don't be surprised if he continues to develop and take his game to an even higher level.
ESPN

(05.01.02) Grimes has a monstrous athletic body. He is a leaper who loves to dunk over his opponent. He has great hands and can snare any pass made to him inside and really does clean the boards with his big body and leaping ability. We were impressed with this young man and feel his upside is enormous.
Tulsa Sports Web

(04.12.02) Big wide body who didn't see much playing time for the Eagles. When he did, he showed decent hands, ability to finish in traffic and rebound at both ends. Defense and statying out of foul trouble are areas that need improvement. Has the body and skill to be very good. Borderline high major prospect.
- Rob Matera, Bob Gibbons.net


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