Engel Evaluations: Garrett, Grimes, Hollis

Patrick breaks down SMU basketball prospects Marcus Garrett, Quentin Grimes and Curtis Hollis in his Engel Evaluations.

Marcus Garrett

2017 point guard, Dallas Skyline/Swag House


Offensive game: Garrett is a rare 6-foot-6 point guard whose primary position is at the point. He’s an unselfish passer with impressive court vision. He sees and anticipates passes extremely well, even finding an open man when surrounded by a double-team a couple times this summer. Sometimes, he looks to pass too much and doesn’t have the aggressive scoring mindset for an entire game. That same mindset is what makes him an effective scorer. His length, touch and explosiveness allow him to be an effective finisher at the rim. He is a good isolation scorer and a good enough passer to be used out of the pick-and-roll. Few defenders can contain him and prevent him from getting past them in isolations or in any man-to-man situation. One part of Garrett’s game that isn’t developed yet is a consistent jump shot. Because the rest of his offensive game is effective, he doesn’t need to be a high-volume jump shooter or high-volume 3-point shooter. He’s effective when he shoots it periodically, but those situations mainly come in catch-and-shoot spots. He needs to be a more consistent free throw shooter too.

Defensive game: Garrett’s length at both backcourt spots allows a man-to-man team to be more comfortable with switching everything and switching one through five. He’s best in on-ball defense, but can sometimes be a little slow in perimeter and zone defense. He rebounds well and is active on the defensive glass for a point guard.

Projection: Garrett is best as a point guard in college. If he develops the jump shot, can have more freedom to play off the ball. But his anticipation and passing ability make him a point guard first. He would have been a great fit at the point for Larry Brown’s offense, but SMU will still pursue with him Tim Jankovich and he fits well there too. He would also fit a slower-paced and half-court oriented offense.

Offers: SMU, Baylor, Texas, Iowa State, Oregon, Kansas, Arizona

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 180 lbs.

Quentin Grimes

2018 point guard, The Woodlands (Texas) Oak Ridge/Basketball University


Offensive game: Grimes is a point guard, but he’s comfortable playing off the ball and could be a shooting guard at the college level. He’s an explosive scorer in transition and in the half-court offense. He’s an effective shooter, but isn’t a high-volume shooter, nor does he create space much. Grimes is an unselfish passer and a quick-decision maker who doesn’t commit a lot of turnovers. He possesses great feel and anticipation for a rising junior and makes passes many other guards don’t think to make or just can’t make. While Garrett can sometimes look to pass too often, Grimes’ passing ability doesn’t affect his scoring or mindset during a game. 

Defensive game: Grimes is fast and big enough to defend multiple positions. He’s effective as an on-ball defender and would fit in defense that’s either primarily zone or primarily man. He is not always limited to defending the opposing point guard and can guard opposing wing players. Has quick feet and isn’t often caught out of position.

Projection: Grimes can be an off-guard or point guard in college. He has the skill to develop into a higher-volume shooter if he wants to and could fit into an offense that asks him to shoot more, but would be fine as a more occasional shooter and catch-and shoot type, as opposed to a team’s primary three-point threat. His passing skills are what make him the most unique and a best fit as a lead guard.

Offers: SMU, Baylor, Florida, Houston, Oklahoma, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Rice, Tulsa, DePaul

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 185 lbs.

Curtis Hollis

2017 wing, IMG Academy (Fla.)/Pro Skills Elite


Offensive game: At GASO, Hollis impressed the most in transition. He’s a little better there than he is in the half-court because he doesn’t score a lot off the dribble or base his game off 3-pointers. He’s still an athletic wing who’s best when he’s running and using his length to score. He possesses a solid three-point shot off the catch. In the half-court, he scores with a lot of cuts and actions, as opposed to off the dribble or in isolation spots. He has functional handles, but not top-notch handles that allow him to consistently dribble through traffic.

Defensive game: Hollis’ high motor and length make him a good rebounder on the wing and a good rebounder as a small forward-type player. He would be best in a zone defense because he can move laterally and has good length. He would have a tougher time guarding bigger, stronger wings in man-to-man situations.

Projection: By reclassifying to 2017, Hollis attracted high-major interest and offers and showed he could be a high-major player. He’s best as a wing anywhere, especially in a free-moving and faster offense that likes to run in transition push the ball up the court.

Offers: Hollis recently released a top 5 of SMU, TCU, USC, Memphis and Tulsa

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 190 pounds


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