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Quentin Grimes recruiting: Kentucky Basketball trending up for elite guard

Grimes is a big time recruit, and this is Kentucky’s best chance to make a big impression.

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5-star point guard Quentin Grimes (2018) will be in Lexington on his official visit this weekend. The Texas native was offered a scholarship by Coach Calipari back in March, but Kentucky has really only started to gain traction with Grimes in the last month.

“I think Kentucky has certainly made up a lot of ground with him and are more in the mix than I think I initially realized,” Evan Daniels of Scout.com told the Herald-Leader. “Now, I’m not calling them the favorite, but they certainly have a shot. The visits will factor in heavily, as I think all four schools involved have a shot.”

When Grimes cut his list in early August, he named Kentucky, Texas, Marquette, and Kansas as the last four schools he would consider. At that point, he was not even sure that he would take an official visit to Kentucky. With several other top point guards considering Kentucky, he did not seem psyched about sharing that role.

However, after Calipari made Grimes his first stop during the fall signing period recruitment tour, there seemed to be a shift in Kentucky’s standing with Grimes. While Kansas is still the favorite to land him, Kentucky’s stock is rising at just the right time for Grimes to visit Lexington.

Grimes is ranked as the No. 11 overall recruit by Scout, only a few spots below the Wildcat’s lone 2018 commit Immanuel Quickley, who is also a point guard. Grimes has said he is willing to play off the ball if a team has a more talented point guard, but there is also the possibility of current guards Quade Green and Shai Gilgeous Alexander returning to Kentucky next year.

Being around the team this weekend may play a huge role in whether or not Grimes would consider playing at was once called “Point Guard U.” He still has visits scheduled with Kansas and Marquette, so we will likely have more information once he has completed his round of official visits.

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