Back in June, Quentin Grimes announced that he was transferring from Kansas to Houston. After waiting a little over a month, the former Jayhawk opened up about his decision.
During his freshman season at Kansas, Grimes averaged 8.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. He then decided to enter the NBA Draft to receive feedback from scouts.
Once Grimes decided that he wasn’t going to remain in the draft, the former five-star recruit entered the NCAA transfer portal.
Although Kansas would have welcomed Grimes back with open arms, it sounds like he just really wanted a change of scenery.
Grimes spoke to Andy Katz of NCAA.com about his decision.
“I feel like Kansas was a good, okay, alright season for me,” Grimes told Katz. “I just feel like it wasn’t a good situation all in all. I feel like I just kind of had to get a new start, go to a different setting and different environment.”
Here’s the full interview between Grimes and Katz:
"They embraced me right away when I came on my visit. @CoachSampsonUH is building something great here in this city."
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) July 20, 2019
Grimes has to sit out this upcoming season due to NCAA rules. However, he can develop his skillset as he waits to be eligible for the Cougars.
Of course, Houston would love to have Grimes available for next season. Nonetheless, the coaching staff has to be thrilled to have an elite talent waiting in the wings.
As for Kansas, it still has one of the best rosters in the country heading into the fall. Many analysts expect the Jayhawks to be a favorite to make the Final Four.