Former top-10 recruit Grimes chooses Houston

The next stop for former Kansas guard Quentin Grimes, a top-10 recruit out of high school only a season ago, is Houston.

Grimes, a native of The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston, made the announcement on Thursday, selecting the Cougars and coach Kelvin Sampson over Texas A&M.

NCAA transfer rules mean Grimes must sit out next season, although Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports cited multiple sources in reporting Grimes is expected to request a waiver from the NCAA and play right away.

Observers expected Grimes to spend only one season at Kansas, but for a quite different reason. He was expected to vault from the Jayhawks into the NBA draft.

Instead, Grimes failed to live up to expectations, managing only 8.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He shot just 34 percent from the 3-point line and 38.4 percent from the field. He played in all 36 of the Jayhawks’ games.

While Grimes did declare for the draft this spring and took part in the combine, he withdrew his name from the pool in late May. He announced then that he would not be returning to Kansas.