Five Things to Know: QUENTIN GRIMES
Recently named to the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Select Team that will play in the 21st annual Nike Hoop Summit, Quentin Grimes (College Park H.S./The Woodlands, Texas) told usab.com all about what the selection meant to him as he prepares to wrap up his prep career and head to the University of Kansas next fall.
Red, White & Blue Pride
Grimes will be the only player from Texas on the 2018 USA roster, however, he will be the 18th player out of a Texas high school to take part in the Nike Hoop Summit in the 21 editions of the event, including two players who helped put the Nike Hoop Summit on the map for Grimes.
“I know De’Aaron Fox is from Houston and Jarred Vanderbilt is from Houston, who played in the game last year,” Grimes explained. “So, just knowing those guys and seeing them go out there and compete in a USA jersey and representing their country, and the city that I’m from as well, it’s great to be able to go out there and make my own mark this year.
“I was truly blessed and honored to be selected to play in the Nike Hoop Summit. It is a great opportunity to be able to go out there and represent my country and try and get a win against the World Team.
“It is probably one of the most prestigious games out there. There is a lot on the line, because you want to actually win the game, and beat the World Team and represent your country as well. So, it definitely has a more competitive nature to it, going into this game.”
— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) March 26, 2018
The Chemistry Has Been Brewing
After Grimes watched Fox and Vanderbilt help the USA to a win in the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit, he got his first invitation to a USA Basketball training camp at a 2017 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp, where nine of his Hoop Summit teammates also took part.
“It was a goal of mine after going out to the (USA Basketball) training camp in October (to make the USA Nike Hoop Summit Team), and getting the invite was the icing on the cake.”
And while the minicamp is just a few days long, the athletes spend nearly all of their time together.
“You get to bond with the all of the other players, and you are kind of in dorms, hanging out with them all the time, and you get to develop a relationship, so it is a lot easier once you get out there on the court,” Grimes explained.
Grimes is one of two players on the 2018 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team who has signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Kentucky. David McCormack (Oak Hill Academy/Norfolk, Va.) is the other, and, interestingly, the Nike Hoop Summit will be the first time Grimes and McCormack take the basketball as members of the same team.
“Just coach Self,” Grimes said of what made Kansas the right fit for him. “He was probably recruiting me the hardest of all of the coaches on my list. Making sure how I was doing, and it was a really genuine relationship.
“I’m going to have a lot of really great players around me next year, and David (McCormack), who is on the U.S. team as well.
“It was kind of a perfect fit.”
In his senior season at College Park in 2017-18, Grimes averaged 29.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game to help his team to a 21-13 record, a District 12-6A title and an appearance in the Texas University Interscholastic League area finals. Grimes was named a McDonald’s All-American and the Gatorade State Player of the Year.
“We made it to the second round, and we lost to a pretty good team, Dallas Jesuit, who I think made it to the regional finals,” Grimes explained. “We had a pretty good season. We went to multiple, big-time national tournaments and did pretty well out there. We were district champions as well, and we won over 20 games, so it was a really, really good year.
“I just think every year at College Park, coach gave me a lot more responsibility. Every year, it kind of was something different. As a freshman, just kind of come in there and contribute with the guys. Sophomore year, I had to start scoring a lot more and helping my teammates get better. Then junior year, I was an overall leader on the team, making sure everybody was in the right spot. And then senior year, we had a lot of seniors on the team, so we all just stepped up a lot.
SLAM Magazine posted a video feature with Grimes on March 23, 2018
Outside of basketball, Grimes likes to, “hang out with my friends, play 2K and just chill, play video games.”
He also tries to make at least one trip each season to see his brother, Tyler Myers (28), who plays hockey for the NHL Winnipeg Jets.
Grimes admitted he has no talent on skates, but his older brother was, ‘pretty good at basketball,” too.
“We try to catch a few, maybe once a year, because it is around the basketball season. So, it is hard to get up there and see a game.”
The 2018 Nike Hoop Summit will be played at 7 p.m. PDT on Friday, April 13, at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. Tickets are available at bit.ly/nikehoopsummit2018.