Charleston Collegiate isn’t your typical powerhouse basketball program. They are the defending South Carolina Independent Schools 1A State Champion, but their record of college prospects isn’t very long, if any at all. That all changed this season when 6’5” Shelby Grimes walked through their doors.
Just two years ago, Grimes was a promising sophomore at Wando High School. Wando won a state championship Grimes’ freshman year, and they returned everyone, a roster full of college players. Grimes was the first guard off the bench. He was a long 6’3” guard who was really skinny, but he really knew the game.
Fast forward a year, the team was supposed to be Grimes’. Grimes was the one who would take the reins and keep Wando High School on a high. The high school coach left, and an assistant coach was promoted. Grimes and the new coach did not see eye to eye and it caused Grimes to lose his focus, lose his love for the game.
He didn’t play basketball during his junior year, nor did he play AAU over the travel season. Toward the end of the summer break, the itch came back for Grimes. He was too good of a player to stay away from the game. However, he knew he was not going back to Wando.
Grimes transferred to Charleston Collegiate for his senior season. Thinking he blew any type of college recruitment he may have Grimes came back for the love of the game. However, now Grimes was a bit stronger and now stood at a lengthy 6’5”. Same great court sense, tough as all get out, and ability to shoot it from just inside half court.
Grimes has been nothing short of spectacular season. Working alongside leading returning scorer Keegan Boone, each player has been getting buckets all season. Each player is averaging over 20 points per game.
At this point in the season, Grimes is leading South Carolina’s Low Country (Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties) in scoring. His nearly 22 points per game is almost an entire point higher than Bishop England’s Brendan McHale, who sits at number 2.
Grimes missed the most important part of his recruitment period. He came to school this year because of his love for the game. When you mix his love, his size, his knowledge of the game all together you have a college player.
Schools should seriously look into Grimes, he has clear upside ahead of him. Wait until you watch his film, he can flat out score the ball.