Kansas freshman guard Quentin Grimes is declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft he announced on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-5 Grimes had an up-and-down first season in Lawrence as he went from a very-hyped McDonald’s All-American into an inconsistent player. Although Grimes showed flashes of greatness at times during the 2018-19 season — including 21 points in the season-opening Champions Classic win over Michigan State — he was never able to become the consistent double-figure scorer that many believed he would be.
Grimes put up 8.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 38 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range on the season. In a draft that doesn’t feature a lot of players with long-term upside, Grimes could be an intriguing name in the first round because of his size and ability to play multiple spots on the perimeter.
Shooting from the perimeter and the lack of consistent play this season will be questioned by NBA personnel, but there’s also a reason Grimes was highly-regarded entering the season. Grimes has the type of talent and upside to turn things around if he opts to stay in the draft and turn pro.
If Kansas loses Grimes then they’ll need to figure out who to pair along with guard Devon Dotson for the future. The Jayhawks also lost guard Charlie Moore to a transfer this offseason as Kansas is looking a little thin on the perimeter at the moment.