Houston's Quentin Grimes Ruled Eligible for 2019-20 Season After Kansas Transfer

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2019

Kansas guard Quentin Grimes (5) shoots against Northeastern during a first round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Jeff Swinger)
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Houston Cougars guard Quentin Grimes has been ruled eligible to play by the NCAA for the 2019-20 season after transferring from the Kansas Jayhawks in the offseason, according to multiple reports. 

Jeff Borzello @jeffborzello

Houston announces that guard Quentin Grimes has received a waiver to play immediately this season. Transferred from Kansas after last season. Former five-star recruit. This makes Houston a clear-cut preseason top 25 team and legitimate AAC title contender.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops

Quentin Grimes won immediately eligibility on the fact that there wasn’t a scholarship open for him at Kansas when he decided to withdraw from the NBA Draft, source told @Stadium. Told that KU supported him being eligible right away.

Suffice to say, Grimes and his teammates were excited to learn the news on Tuesday:

Quentin Grimes @qdotgrimes

Yesssssssuuuuuhhhhhhhh !

Deeky Jarreau @LaDeeky

#QFREE ITS TIME WE HERE🚀🚀🚀 @qdotgrimes https://t.co/6HQDMj87GI

Nate Hinton @thatup_coming11

THAT BOY FREEEE ! GO TIME 😤😤😤 @qdotgrimes

"I'm really happy for Quentin and his family," head coach Kelvin Sampson said following the news, per Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle. "I thank the NCAA for approving his waiver. We've got a lot of work to do, a long way to go, and we look forward to getting after it."

Joseph Duarte @Joseph_Duarte

. @UHCougarMBK coach Kelvin Sampson on guard Quentin Grimes being eligible this season https://t.co/UbXOpXi03R

Grimes, 19, averaged 8.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game with the Jayhawks last season, shooting 38.4 percent from the field and 34 percent from three. He started 36 games for Kansas, though his season ended in disappointment when Kansas was knocked out in the second round of the NCAA tournament by Auburn (granted, the Tigers did reach the championship game). 

Grimes initially declared for the NBA draft and attended the NBA Scouting Combine, but later pulled his name from consideration, choosing to return to college basketball. In June, however, he announced he was transferring from Kansas to Houston. 

Mark Berman @MarkBermanFox26

.@UHCougarMBK guard Quentin Grimes (@qdotgrimes) will play for the Cougars this season after getting a waiver from the NCAA. His mother Tonja Stelly: "Good things come to those who do the right thing. We have a lot of emotions for many different reasons and we're very happy."

It's a big get for the Cougars, especially now that his eligibility for the upcoming season is assured. He was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school, the No. 10 player overall in the Class of 2019 and the No. 2 combo guard, per 247Sports' Composite Rankings.

And Houston appears like a team to be reckoned with this upcoming season with Grimes in the backcourt:

Jon Rothstein @JonRothstein

The addition of Quentin Grimes means that Houston is now a bonafide Top 15-20 team. What else does it mean? The Cougars --- not Memphis --- are now the team to beat in the American Conference.

It's a good day down in Houston, in other words.