With some of the Texas’ top seniors playing at other tournaments, junior point guard Quentin Grimes impressed at GASO in Duncanville earlier this month. The fast-rising prospect is the state’s top guard in the 2018 class and holds 12 offers, with SMU among the most recent.
“Coach (Jerry) Hobbie, he called me and was telling me about how they wanted to come watch me at the Adidas Gauntlet finals, but couldn’t. But he offered me a scholarship then,” Grimes said.
The SMU offer came just a couple days after Larry Brown stepped down as SMU’s head coach and Tim Jankovich was named his replacement. Grimes said the switch affects his view of SMU a little bit. But he had only begun to build a relationship with the coaches and is not immediately taking SMU off his list.
“It changes a little bit because I know what a great coach he was with Allen Iverson, but not too much,” Grimes said. “(I’ve talked) with coach Hobbie, he’s the main one texting and calling me.”
Grimes has not visited SMU before but said he wants to visit at some point this season. He took visits to Texas and Texas A&M in June and plans to go to Oklahoma and Baylor in August and September.
The 6-foot-4 Grimes has 14 offers, the two most recent coming from Kansas and Arizona shortly following GASO. Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Baylor, Stanford, Kansas State, Florida, Tennessee, SMU and Houston are among the rest. UCLA, Virginia, Marquette and Notre Dame have been showing interest, but have not offered. He listed a handful of schools that after him the hardest.
“Baylor, Oklahoma and Notre Dame, they’ve been after me pretty hard,” Grimes said. “I’ve also talked to (Arizona) coach (Sean) Miller for a while and it was a really good conversation. UCLA and Marquette too, they’ve been coming pretty hard.”
Grimes is primary a point guard, but plays off the ball as well. He said coaches like his versatility.
“They really just like me as a player, they know I can play on and off the ball,” Grimes said. “So they just want me to come in and contribute right away.”
Grimes talked with Evan Daniels about his new offers in the video below last week.