USA Basketball hosted a Men’s Junior National Team camp over the weekend, and as you can guess, there were a ton of tippy-top high school players in attendance. A number of them were Marquette prospects, and that includes class of 2018 point guard Quentin Grimes.
Grimes, who is currently ranked #16 in the country according to 247 Sports, sat down with Rivals’ Krysten Peek to chat about his recruiting process. The interview includes discussion of his visits to Texas and Kentucky, as well as what Kansas and Marquette, his two remaining official visit destinations, are offering him.
Here’s the video of the interview:
The Marquette specific section comes last, which is fair since they’ll be his final official visit. It starts up at the 3:04 mark, and here’s the transcript of what Grimes said:
They’ve just been consistent over the past year. Every game they’ve been four deep, every home visit they come in, they’re four deep. They’re really consistent every week talking to me. They stress I’m the only guy they’re recruiting and they see me and Markus Howard coming in there, I’m a perfect fit. They’ll have a lot of juniors if I did go there, a lot of seniors, so it’ll be a good fit if I do go there.
In terms of fact-checking Grimes on the juniors/seniors thing, MU projects to have two seniors and five juniors in the fall of 2018. That’s a bit more than half of the scholarship roster, so that’s pretty accurate, even if big things will be expected from the sophomores as well as freshman Joey Hauser.
Peek also asked Grimes about his thoughts on when he expects to make a decision. This part is particularly relevant, as MU will be his final official visit on October 20th, which is about two and a half weeks before the start of the fall signing period.
I don’t want to rush it. I don’t want to just, oh, I commit to a school and think it’s not the right school because they might have somebody else come back at my position, so we’ll see, maybe around December, maybe midway through the season or see in the spring who comes back, so we’ll see how that plays out.
This is not a surprising viewpoint for a guy considering Kentucky and Kansas to have. It is in Grimes’ best interest to let things ride for a little bit and see how the recruiting situations in Lexington and Lawrence shake out relative to what players do and do not declare for the NBA Draft in the spring. However, there’s no requirement for Grimes to wait that long, and if he decides that he wants to attend Marquette after his visit, he can go ahead and commit anyway. Conversely, if he decides to wait a while, or even until the spring signing period, it doesn’t mean that he’s clearly ruling out the Golden Eagles.
Grimes is set to visit Kansas this coming weekend, and his visit to Marquette is scheduled for the following weekend. With MU on fall break that weekend, it will be an excellent time for Grimes to see what kind of in-depth practice head coach Steve Wojciechowski runs when his players have all kinds of free time on their hands.
If it’s a recruiting update, that means we have to close things out with an up-to-the-minute scholarship chart. Since it’s a Quentin Grimes update, we also have to close with the usual disclaimer that as of right now, Marquette does not project to have a scholarship available for him in the fall of 2018.