LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas men’s basketball guard Quentin Grimes has declared for the NBA Draft, KU head coach Bill Self confirmed Wednesday. Grimes announced he would be going into the NBA Draft via twitter.
“When we recruited Quentin we knew the chances would be great for him to have the opportunity to declare for this upcoming NBA Draft,” Self said. “Quentin started every game for us and was a key performer in the success we had this past year. As a freshman he went through some highs and lows that, no doubt, will be great preparation for him moving forward. He has represented himself, our school and his family in a manner in we all can be proud of and our entire basketball community should wish him the very best moving forward.”
“At this time, I would like to take the opportunity to announce that I am declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft,” Grimes said in his tweet. “I am looking forward to the next steps of my basketball career.”
As a freshman, Grimes started every game in 2018-19 and averaged 8.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound, guard from The Woodlands, Texas, had a solid Big 12 Championship where he averaged 13.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals with six 3-pointers made in ku three contests. Grimes finished second on the team with 54 3-pointers made and had 13 games with 10 or more points. He scored a season-high 21 points in KU’s season-opening win against Michigan State in the Champions Classic, in which he was later named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week.
“First, I would like to thank my parents for their unwavering support of my basketball journey,” Grimes said in the opening of his tweet. “I would also like to thank Coach Self, Coach (Jerrance) Howard and the entire Kansas coaching staff for sharing their knowledge of this game, the athletic training staff for keeping me healthy, the student managers for their late night hours, and my academic advisors for challenging me to stay mentally sharp. Lastly, I want to thank the fans for always bringing ‘The Noise’.”
Grimes is the fourth member of the 2018-19 roster that will not be returning next season. Guards Charlie Moore and K.J. Lawson have announced their intentions to transfer and forward Dedric Lawson declared for the NBA Draft on April 8.