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Houston’s Quentin Grimes declares for NBA draft

Apr 3, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Houston Cougars guard Quentin Grimes (24) shoots over Baylor Bears guard Mark Vital (11) during the first half in the national semifinals of the Final Four of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Cougars guard Quentin Grimes announced on Friday he will hire an agent and enter the 2021 NBA Draft.

Grimes said the NBA has been a lifelong dream on his Instagram post, adding, “It’s been an honor for a hometown kid to be able to wear the Houston jersey across my chest for the past two years.”

Grimes, a junior who helped Houston to the Final Four before losing to eventual champion Baylor, averaged 17.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game this season.

He expressed gratitude to coach Kelvin Sampson, assistant coach Quannas White, staff and teammates.

“To Coach Sampson and Coach Q, thank you for always pushing me, holding me accountable and always challenging me to be the best version of myself – both on and off the court. To my teammates, thank you for being with me on this journey, pushing each other to work hard every day and making history.”

Grimes was first-team All-American Athletic Conference and its co-Player of the Year.

Grimes played one season at Kansas before transferring to Houston and playing two seasons with the Cougars.

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–FIeld Level Media