KU's Quentin Grimes plans to go pro

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) -- Another Jayhawk is flying the coop.

After just one season in Lawrence, Kansas freshman guard Quentin Grimes plans to test the waters of the NBA draft. He made the announcement in a tweet late Wednesday afternoon. In the statement, he said:

First, I would like to thank my parents for their unwavering support of my Basketball Journey. I would also like to thank Coach Self, Coach Howard and the entire Kansas Coaching Staff for sharing their knowledge of this game, the Athletic Training Staff for their late night hours, and my Academic Advisors for challenging me to stay mentally sharp. Lastly, I want to thank the Fans for always bringing "The Noise"!! At this time, I would like to take the opportunity to announce that I am declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft. I am looking forward to the next steps of my Basketball Career!

The one-time state player of the year in Texas, Grimes averaged 8.4 points per game for KU last season.

Self said they knew while they were recruiting Grimes that he may be a one-and-done player and called him a "key performer in the success we had this past year."

"As a freshman he went through some highs and lows that, no doubt, will be great preparation for him moving forward," Self added.

He's the fourth player in just more than a week to announce he's leaving the team. Charlie Moore and K.J. Lawson have both recently said they planned to transfer from the program, while K.J.'s brother Dedric Lawson declared for the NBA Draft on Monday.