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Five-star guard Quentin Grimes picks Kansas

Quentin Grimes
Quentin Grimes

Bill Self and his staff at Kansas had high hopes for their 2018 class and they are well on their way to reaching them after Wednesday's addition of five-star combo guard Quentin Grimes.

The No. 11 ranked player in the senior class and a big-time scorer capable of playing either guard spot, Grimes made his decision public during a ceremony at his high school.

"It’s the winning tradition that they have, I mean winning 13 straight Big 12 Championships and everything else they have done," Grimes told "Also playing for a coach like Bill Self, who really lets his guards go. He puts the ball in his guards' hands and lets them make plays to succeed.

"They showed me and sent me a lot of video of how they use their guards and how they see me in their offense. I could get multiple post-ups, ball screens and really have the ball in my hands to make plays on the offensive end.

Physical and skilled, Grimes' biggest assets are his ability to shoot from deep and the way that he can create offense for himself and others in traffic. Next season, the Jayhawks could have either a big hole or a loaded situation on the perimeter, depending upon who stays or leaves for the NBA.

Regardless, Grimes is confident of his ability to come in and make an impact from day one.

“I just want to compete every day on the court," said Grimes. "If it happens that multiple guys come back, then I’m looking forward to us making each better every day in practice. With all these four- and five-star guards we would be really good and hopefully competing for a National Championship."

Grimes is now the third five-star prospect and fourth top-35 player in the Jayhawks' 2018 recruiting class. He joins five-star point guard Devon Dotson, five-star power forward Silvio De Sousa and four-star center David McCormack in a group that now ranks behind only Duke in the 2018 team recruiting rankings.

The Jayhawks are still looking to add at least two more in the spring and are most often linked with 2018's No. 2-ranked player, Zion Williamson, and the top unsigned shooting guard, Romeo Langford. It's also important to keep an eye on De Sousa, who could end up enrolling in December and playing the second half of this season for the Jayhawks.