The recruitment of Quentin Grimes continued to take a twist and a turn on Friday evening when Devon Dotson made a verbal commitment to Kansas.
Dotson is a 6’2”, 180 lb. point guard from Charlotte, North Carolina. He currently ranks #24 in the country in the 247 Sports Composite system, and #6 in the point guard rankings. While Dotson was announcing his commitment at the Friday night football game at his high school, top 25 prospect and Marquette target Quentin Grimes was in Lawrence on his official visit to Kansas.
At least as of Thursday, both Dotson and Grimes were being recruited by the Jayhawks. Grimes is ranked #16 in the country by 247 Sports and #4 on the point guard chart, and thus we have ourselves an interesting case. In the past, we’ve talked about whether or not a school was still recruiting Grimes as a result of another commitment. In the case of Arizona, the commitment of Jahvon Quinerly gave them two top 10 point guard prospects in the same class as Grimes. When it came to Kentucky, they snagged the #2 point guard prospect in the country in Immanuel Quickley, thus making Grimes the default second best point guard prospect if he were to head to Lexington.
The situation with Grimes and Kansas is different. Sure, it may be a slim difference, but the recruiting rankings seem to favor Grimes over Dotson. With that being the case, you can see how Kansas could still be an attractive option for Grimes. On top of that, Kansas did not bring in a high profile point guard in the 2017 recruiting class, and Devonte Graham will be playing his senior season in 2017-18 as well.
On the flip side, The Jayhawks do have the Lawson brothers sitting out this season, both of whom had quality assist rates at Memphis, and Sam Cunliffe, who was recruited as a small forward but is listed by KU as a guard, will finish up his transfer redshirt in December as well. Charlie Moore racked up some great passing stats in his freshman year at Cal, and he’ll be eligible to play in the fall of 2018, too. That’s an awful lot of guards and wings that will already be in place when Dotson gets to campus.
Here’s what we know: Grimes is scheduled to visit Marquette next weekend, and that’s Grimes’ final scheduled visit. So far, we’ve seen nothing to indicate that Grimes is going to suddenly commit to a school before taking that visit, particularly with Grimes saying last week that he doesn’t particularly seem pressed to sign in the fall. We also know that Marquette doesn’t have an obvious dominant point guard on the roster for the fall of 2018. Sure, Markus Howard is projected to be there, but at the end of the day, unless he gets one of those growth spurts at the age of 18, he’s still under 6 feet tall and would stand to benefit by having the 6’4” Grimes playing next to him.
Last thing, and it’s always the last thing on these Quentin Grimes updates: Marquette does not currently project to have a scholarship available for him.