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Quentin Grimes Chooses Kansas, Not Marquette

If you’ve been reading the tea leaves for the past two weeks, this wasn’t a surprise.

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Class of 2018 Top 25 prospect Quentin Grimes has made his college pledge. At a ceremony at his high school in Texas, Grimes announced that he will be attending Kansas and also signed his national letter of intent to play for Bill Self and the Jayhawks. The 6’5”, 200 lb. guard had narrowed things down to a final four that also included Texas, Kentucky, and Marquette.

After making official visits to all of his final four schools, it seemed that Grimes was really down to a final two of Kansas and Texas. It seems that neither Kentucky nor Marquette have had any visits to see Grimes over the past two weeks. The Wildcats appear to have relocated their attention to Tyler Herro after the Wisconsin native withdrew his commitment to Wisconsin, and it paid off with Herro signing with UK earlier this week.

As for Marquette, well, there’s not a particularly obvious explanation for why the Golden Eagles ended up on the outside at the end. Neither side will likely go into details in public as to what broke down between the two, of course, but it certainly looks like either Grimes or Marquette just up and walked away from the process at some point. The entire Marquette coaching staff had been on visits to see Grimes before each of his other three official visits, not to mention sitting courtside at each of his adidas Uprising games over the summer, so it is a little weird to see things go sideways so quickly after Grimes visited Milwaukee on October 20th.

With that said, Grimes is welcome to narrow his focus whenever he wants, and you can’t fault him for doing that. On the MU side, the fact of the matter is that the Golden Eagles are still projected to not have a scholarship available for next fall when Grimes would have been arriving on campus. Given the push that head coach Steve Wojciechowski and his staff made for the Texan, you could conceivably argue that Marquette was operating with the preset knowledge that they would have a scholarship available.... but then something changed, and now it won’t be. All just speculation, mind you, but that’s all we’re left with when things changed so suddenly at such a late spot in the process.

As for right now, Marquette expects to have the freshly signed Joey Hauser on campus in the fall of 2018 along with the previously signed Brendan Bailey. The Utah native has been on a Mormon mission since the spring of 2016 and will head to Milwaukee once he completes that next spring.

As for 2019 and beyond.... well, we’re probably a little ways off from any solid news on that front. However, as you can see from this handy chart, Marquette will be looking to fill two scholarships for that recruiting class.

Marquette basketball scholarship table