Kansas transfer will not have to sit out a year

Report: Cougars star guard Quentin Grimes eligible to play at Houston

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The University of Houston Men's basketball team announced on Tuesday that sophomore guard Quentin Grimes was granted a waiver by the NCAA and will be eligible to play the 2019-20 college basketball season for the Cougars.

Grimes, a 6'5 combo guard from the Woodlands, transferred to Houston after spending his freshman season playing under Bill Self at the University of Kansas. As a transfer recruit, Grimes was on the verge of missing his first season at Houston due to the NCAA rule that requires a player to sit out a year of eligibility unless a school grants permission.

The addition of Grimes changes the outlook on the Cougars ahead of the new season. While playing alongside AAC Sixth-Man of the Year winning Dejon Jarreau, Houston will have one of the most explosive backcourts in the conference, and is in a great position to make another deep run during the NCAA Tournament next spring.


The Cougars received a small sample size of the impact Grimes will have on the court, as he averaged 14.3 points during Houston's Summer Tour of Italy. His best game of the tournament came during the Cougars 75-32 victory over LCC University (Lithuania), where Grimes scored 22 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

Last season as a member of the Jayhawks, Grimes started all 36 games at Kanas while averaging 8.4 points and 2.0 assists. A McDonald's All-American and top-10 recruit during his senior year in High School, Grimes averaged 29.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists while leading The Woodlands College Park High School to a state championship (District 12-6A) in 2018.

Sophomore guard Quentin Grimes scored a career-high 32 points as the Houston Cougars complete comeback victory over the Rice Owls

Second-half surge leads Houston past Rice in dramatic finish

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The Houston Cougars trailed 77-71 late in the second half to the Rice Owls when junior forward Fabian White knocked down two free throws to cut into the deficit. Following a made 3-point field goal by Quentin Grimes, the Cougars ignited for a 21-1 run late in the second half, which led to a 97-89 victory over the Owls Tuesday night inside Tudor Fieldhouse in Houston.

Shortly after the win, Grimes said this game was an example of how great this team can be, calling the Cougars one of the best in the nation. While Houston will be among some of the top teams in college basketball, this game also proves how great Grimes will be on an individual standpoint.

The sophomore guard from the Woodlands put on a show in the Cougars comeback victory, as he recorded a career-high 32 points (11-17 FG, 4-6 3PT), nine rebounds and five assists in the win. While coming up huge in the clutch, Grimes scored 21 of his total points during the Cougars second-half surge.

Despite picking up their second win on the new season, the game for the Cougars did not start on the right note. Following a 3-point basket by Rice guard Trey Murphy, the Owls jumped out to a 5-0 run and held the lead for the entire first half. Rice increased its lead to a 15-point advantage as Houston failed to buy a bucket in the first 15 minutes. Following a timeout by a frustrated Kelvin Sampson, the Cougars ended the half on a 13-5 run but still trailed 39-32 at the halftime break.

As Houston started to connect on the offensive end, the Cougars picked up their intensity on the defensive end after a switch to zone defense in an attempt to slow down the Owls.

In addition to Grimes, several players stepped up big for the Cougars, with freshman guard Marcus Sasser scoring 15 points on 55.6% shooting from the field, 62.5% from deep, in his first career start. Nate Hinton and DeJon Jarreau both added in 15 points of their own, with Caleb Mills pouring in 12 points off the bench.

With the win, the Cougars snapped the Owls four-game win streak and gave them their second loss of the regular season. In a losing effort, Owls were led by senior forward Robert Martin, who recorded 23 points while shooting 50% from the floor. Drew Peterson and Ako Adams both added 16 points apiece for Rice.

Following a comeback win, the Houston Cougars will hit the road for an early-season test against the No. 11 Oregon Ducks on Friday, inside the Matthew Knight Arena in Oregon. Tip-off is slated for 8 P.M. CT.

QUICK TIP-INS:

  • The Houston Cougars made only three triples in the first half before connecting on 10 made 3-point baskets in the second. (13-26 3PT)
  • The Cougars won the battle of the glass, out-rebounding the Owls 47-34, 16-8 in offensive rebounds in the win.
  • After they once trailed by 15-points, Houston once held a lead as big as 11 in the second half.

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