Just a few weeks back, five-star guard Quentin Grimes was a near-lock to attend Kansas. Many UK fans and recruiting analysts didn’t even give the Wildcats a shot.
Now, however, not only is momentum building for Kentucky in his recruitment, some are even saying the Cats have taken over the favorite spot.
In an interview with ZagsBlog, Rhossi Carron, Grimes’ AAU director, said the star recruit really enjoyed himself on his official visit to Kentucky this past weekend.
“He went to Kentucky,” Rhossi Carron, Grimes’ AAU program director with Basketball University, told ZAGSBLOG. “It went good, I think he really liked it. Basically, they just have so much credibility just because of the success they’ve had, not just with elite guys but with guys they feel can be one-and-done.
Carron says that Calipari and the Kentucky staff believes Grimes is one of the best NBA prospects in this recruiting class.
“They feel like he’s one of the best guards in the country, like one of the better NBA prospects in that class. They feel if he came in and got to improving, the opportunity to play against other guys that are just as talented in practice will take him to another level. They feel he has a chance to be one-and-done.”
Grimes was also interviewed on the visit, and went in-depth about Calipari’s pitch.
“Yeah, Cal talked about the transition to the NBA and if gets three guards he’ll take them all and he just has to make them work,” Grimes said when he first cut his list. “So if he gets three guards, he’ll play three guards. The best players will play for sure.
“Coach Cal’s message is he gets players to the league,” Grimes added. “I’m definitely a player that can can done with that. Come in there and play alongside other five-star players, get better every day, development on and off the court. Can’t help but get better playing with other great players, all playing alongside each other and pushing each other. So I could go in there, be the primary ball-handler, overall have a good year with them and try to get them a national championship.”
So when is a decision coming for the star guard?
“The family is not in a rush to make a decision, but I think after they take all four visits, I can’t see them taking it into 2018,” Carron said. “He’s had the in-home visits and I think he knows what each coach is looking for in him. So the visits is really just a chance to see the campus life, see the training environment, see the practices and how the coaches respond to the coaches, just seeing what’s the best fit for him overall.”
You can check out the entire interview with Carron and Grimes here.