Thursday, July 29, 2021

One-time Jayhawk Quentin Grimes picked in first round of NBA draft, headed to New York

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.


NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks ended up with guard Quentin Grimes with the No. 25 pick in the NBA draft after dealing two picks that were higher.

A person with knowledge of the details said the Knicks traded the Nos. 19 and 21 picks. The swap of No. 21 for No. 25 left them with Grimes, a third-team All-American from Houston who came with a pick that belonged to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The trades were confirmed to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't official until trade calls with the NBA. They were first reported by ESPN.

The Knicks acquired a future first-round pick by sending the No. 19 pick to Charlotte. That pick was used on Texas center Kai Jones.

Grimes was the player of the year in the America Athletic Conference after averaging 17.8 points. He shot 40.2% from 3-point range to lead the conference, making 3.3 3-pointers per game.

A native of The Woodlands, Texas, Grimes started his college career at Kansas as a five-star prospect who came to KU as a projected one-and-done prospect and future lottery pick.

His lone season at KU, which featured the combo guard starting all 36 games for the Jayhawks during the 2018-19 season, was full of highs and lows.

In 27.4 minutes per game with the Jayhawks that season, Grimes averaged 8.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting 38.4 percent from the floor and 34 percent from 3-point range.

“We’ve all enjoyed coaching Quentin this past year and certainly appreciate his efforts,” KU coach Bill Self said in late May of 2019. “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.”

Grimes left KU for Houston during the 2019 offseason after initially declaring for the NBA draft and testing his NBA stock at the pre-draft combine.

He then became immediately eligible to play at Houston and delivered two strong seasons, including the 2020-21 campaign, when he helped lead the Cougars to the Final Four.


Peter Miles 1 year, 4 months ago

Congratulations, Quentin!

I am glad that you were able to blossom at Houston.

Keith Gellar 1 year, 4 months ago

Glad it worked out for him! So would like to hear from all the Quentin haters who said his fatre was doomed once he left KU. Clearly, he benefited more getting out of Self's system.

And bad showing for KU - 0 draft picks. Meanwhile Duke and Kentucky had at least one. But, hey...we're a better team and ranked higher in pre-season so that's all that matters.

Glen Miller 1 year, 4 months ago

The sky is falling rhetoric from some of you folks is quite comical. There are 60 spots in the draft, you aren't going to have someone drafted every year no matter how good you are. Marcus Garrett will have a better chance of sticking in the league than half the ones drafted. The draft is not a tell tale sign of how good your program is. If it was then Kentucky would have 10 championships in the last 12 years.

Keith Gellar 1 year, 4 months ago

Agreed - but clearly you do not understand marketing and the impact of marketing. Guess what - kids pay attention to these things and you can bet your @$$ calipari is going down on the recruiting trail saying - hey, we're getting kids drafted and that message 100% resonates even though the kid is a one and done.

Marcus Garrett very well may perform better than 50% of the picks, but guess what the headline on KUsports is and what the narrative outside of KU circles is - "Marcus didn't get drafted" or "KU players go undrafted".

Shannon Gustafson 1 year, 4 months ago

What would you rather have, a player or two in the draft with a losing season/missing the tournament, or nobody drafted but a winning season and a high seed in the tournament?

Ask Duke and UK fans if they would trade in their draft picks for our season instead of theirs and I know what answer you'd get.

Rodney Schulz 1 year, 4 months ago

Keep in mind that the NBA is a bunch of losers as evidenced by the fact that three out of four of their alumni are financially broke five years after the last game. What a bunch of idiots! They are almost as dumb as those who watch the NBA. Of course, the NFL isn’t any better.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.