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Quentin Grimes talks Kentucky Basketball pitch; Not looking good for Wildcats

The Cats have a lot of work to do if Grimes is to join their 2018 class.


On Thursday, Quentin Grimes announced his new list of schools contending for the five-star guard.

To no surprise, it included Kentucky in addition to Kansas, the presumed front-runner for Grimes. Though the Jayhawks are favored, John Calipari has Kentucky in good position, even though Immanuel Quickley is his top point guard target in 2018.

The nice thing about Grimes is he’s more of a combo guard who could easily play the 2 or even the 3 spot in three-guard lineups. In an interview with’s Evan Daniels, Grimes said that’s what Calipari is pitching for coming to Kentucky, even though there could be one or even two great point guards already there.

“Coach Cal, he doesn’t mind getting two or three guards, and say if he gets three guards, he will put all of them in there at the same time, so if we all commit, he will take of us and he will figure out how he wants to play us and what playing style with all of the guards,” said Grimes. “If I do try to go to Kentucky with them, he said he will play three guards for sure.”

But while Grimes may like Kentucky’s pitch, he may have given a hint as to how much ground the Cats have to make up. When discussing visits, Kentucky was not among the three schools he mentioned that are assured of getting an official visit from him. That doesn’t mean they won’t get one, but it does serve as a reminder that Kentucky is behind in this recruitment.

In a separate interview, recruiting expert Krysten Peek told Larry Vaught that it’s hard to see Kentucky coming out on top for Grimes.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise since Kentucky may have Quade Green, Shai Alexander and Immanuel Quickley next year. Grimes mentioned Kentucky possibly starting three guards, but he may not even be among the top three guys with those aforementioned guys in Lexington.

Calipari may really want Grimes, but this is going to be one of the harder fish for him to land in 2018.

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