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Quentin Grimes announces he's transferring to Houston Cougars

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NCAA must approve waiver for Grimes to play in the 2019-'20 season

UPDATED: June 27, 2019 -- 8:12 p.m. CT

POSTED: June 27, 2019 -- 6:45 p.m. CT

Fans of the Houston Cougars men's basketball program received a jolt of positive energy Thursday afternoon when 6'5", 210, guard Quentin Grimes announced he was transferring from Kansas to the University of Houston.

Grimes chose Houston over Texas A&M.

A few Coogs' fans had been down in the dumps just a bit since Armoni Brooks announced, May 29, he was not returning to UH for his senior season and instead staying in the NBA Draft.

Wednesday, rumors / reports swirled Grimes would announce his decision Friday, June 28; however, once Jim Hicks of - the #1 source of Greater Houston Boys Basketball - posted a tweet stating Grimes was transferring to Houston:

Grimes confirmed Hicks' tweet 90 minutes later.

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Grimes won the 2018 Guy V. Lewis Award which goes to the top boys high school player in the Greater Houston area.

Grimes, a McDonald's High-School All-American, graduated from The Woodlands College Park High School and attended Kansas University for his freshman season in 2018-'19. Despite starting all 36 games as a freshman at KU, some believed Grimes had a disappointing season because he didn't live up to the hype surrounding his consensus top-10 ranking out of high school. Grimes averaged 8.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game in slightly more than 27 minutes per game. Grimes shot 38.4% from the floor including 34.0% from three-point range.

Grimes declared for the NBA Draft; however, he pulled his name out of the Draft and announced he was transferring from Kansas. On May 29, Bill Self, Head Coach at Kansas, announced Grimes had entered the NCAA Transfer Portal.

In order to be eligible to play for the Coogs in the 2019-'20 season, Grimes will need to submit a waiver request to the NCAA. Then, the NCAA must approve the waiver request. If the request is approved, Grimes skills should definitely help Houston.

A projected starting backcourt of 6'5" Grimes (sophomore) and 6'5" Dejon Jarreau (redshirt-junior) plus 6'5" Nate Hinton (sophomore) on the wing could create havoc on the wings on offense and defense. There's no immediate timetable regarding when the NCAA will announce a decision regarding Grimes' waiver request.

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