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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Former KU guard Quentin Grimes cleared to play for Houston this season

Kansas guard Quentin Grimes (5) puts up a three over Northeastern guard Jordan Roland (12) during the second half, Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Vivint Smart Homes Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Kansas guard Quentin Grimes (5) puts up a three over Northeastern guard Jordan Roland (12) during the second half, Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Vivint Smart Homes Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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After transferring to Houston following his freshman season at Kansas, guard Quentin Grimes will be eligible to play for the Cougars during the 2019-20 season.

Jeff Goodman, of WatchStadium.com, reported on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon that a waiver filed by Houston requesting that Grimes be declared eligible to play immediately had been granted.

According to Goodman, Grimes "won (immediate) eligibility on the fact that there wasn’t a scholarship open for him at Kansas when he decided to withdraw from the NBA Draft. Told that KU supported him being eligible right away."

KU's cooperation is no surprise given the parting words from Self last spring, when Grimes announced he was transferring.

“We’ve all enjoyed coaching Quentin this past year and certainly appreciate his efforts,” Self said in news release last May. “We initially anticipated him staying in the draft but he and his family decided to return to college but not return to the University of Kansas. We totally support and respect Quentin and his decision and wish him the very best moving forward. We believe Quentin will have a long professional basketball career and look forward to watching his development.”

The 6-foot-5 guard joined the Cougars for an offseason trip to Italy this summer and has participated in preseason conditioning workouts with the program.

Grimes started all four games for Houston in Italy, and, according to Joseph Duarte, of the Houston Chronicle, has been working with the first team.

“The thing I like about him so far is he’s earning the right to stay there,” Houston coach Kelvin Sampson told Duarte of Grimes' role as a starter prior to Tuesday's news.

Tuesday, after learning that Grimes was eligible, Sampson told Duarte: “I’m really happy for Quentin and his family and thank the NCAA for approving his waiver. We prepared to play with Quentin and we prepared to play without him. We’ve got a lot of work to do, a long way to go, and look forward to getting after it."

As a freshman last season, Grimes, who will wear No. 24 at Houston, started all 36 games for the Jayhawks, averaging 8.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game while shooting 38.4% from the field.

He will be a sophomore at Houston this season and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

None by Jeff Goodman

Comments

Phil Leister 4 weeks, 1 day ago

I won't be bitter about this if KU actually supported him being eligible right away.

But it sure seems weird which cases the NCAA approves and which they don't.

Pius Waldman 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Well no scholie available may be questionable. I don't believe his leaving will hurt the team. Self in his original comment simply stated without explanation he was leaving.

Drew Doerfler 4 weeks, 1 day ago

uh......yeah. it seems the NCAA has absolutely zero consistency in how they handle anything. also, i admit that i'm going to have a hard time rooting for Grimes......Self showed him amazing loyalty by giving him the playing time he got over KJ and whomever else.....in my opinion, he didn't deserve half of the playing time he was given. The only thing that made it bearable was the thought that he would be back next year and watching his crappy play this year was helping for the following year. then he just jets on Self.......zero loyalty after everything that the program and self did for him.........sorry....i just really don't like Grimes.....lol

Damian Glaze 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Also, history has shown our eligibility issues seem to take far longer top resolve than this did. I agree with Drew, no love lost for this dude. And the NCAA is a complete joke.

Brett McCabe 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Why shouldn’t he be able to play? It’s an idiotic rule to begin with. I’m guessing that his new cheater-coach will be more effective than his first cheater-coach and tapping his abilities, helping him in his studies and pushing him towards that goal of a Doctorate in World Religions.

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