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Kyle O'Quinn

  • Full Name: Kyle O'Quinn
  • Position: Center
  • Height/Weight: 6-10 / 240
  • Birthdate: March 26, 1990
  • College: Norfolk State
Orlando Magic Round 2: Pick 49
 

 

Kyle O’Quinn
Norfolk State, SR, 6-10, 240
Birthdate: March 26, 1990
 
Strengths
Great rebounder
Great shot blocker
Solid low-post scorer
Strength
Good athlete
 
Weaknesses
Still learning the game
 
NBA projection: Earning MVP honors at the Portsmouth Invitational didn’t hurt O’Quinn’s chances to get drafted. With his combination of size and athleticism, plus his ability to perform blue-collar tasks such as rebounding and shot blocking, O’Quinn will get a chance to stick on an NBA roster. The best part about him is that he’s humble. He’s got a certain amount of pride about what he’s accomplished, but he realizes he’s got a long way to go, and he’s willing to put in the time to get there.
 
2011-12 Season
O’Quinn racked up some hardware after a season in which he averaged a double-double, led the MEAC in rebounding and blocked shots and led Norfolk State to a 15 seed versus 2 seed upset of Missouri in the second round of the NCAA tournament. He was chosen the MEAC player of the year and defensive player of the year, the MOP at the MEAC tournament, he won the Lou Henson Award as the nation’s top mid-major player and also the HBCU player-of-the-year award.
 
Key statistics: 15.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 2.6 tpg, 0.7 spg, 2.6 bpg, 31.3 mpg, .573 FG, .188 3PT, .696 FT
 
Cool statistic: In 68 games played over his final two seasons, O’Quinn racked up 39 double-doubles.
 
Reminds me of: Taj Gibson
 
What Insiders Say
Norfolk State coach Anthony Evans
“He has blossomed [as a player], but the personality has always been there. We wanted to rein him in a little bit because he wanted to be the class clown. You wanted to run practice and Kyle is telling jokes on the sideline or pouring water down somebody's back and those things happened as a freshman, but this is a reward for him for all the hard work over the past four years, and I'm happy for him.”
 
What Outsiders Say
Missouri coach Frank Haith
“He plays hard, he's good off the block, which makes him difficult. Not only can he score with two feet in the paint, he can face you up, which make it a tough matchup because he can face and drive you and shoot the ball.”
 
Florida power forward Patric Young
“We were watching the game yesterday, and I thought he dominated on the glass. Then when I finally got a chance to see him on film, I got to see how skilled and talented he is as well. He's a good defender, really physical. He overpowers guys he goes up against, and it's going to be a good matchup, and hopefully I can do my thing and hold him to less than 24 and 12, that would be a good thing.”
Kyle O’Quinn
Norfolk State, SR, 6-10, 240
Birthdate: March 26, 1990
 
Strengths
Great rebounder
Great shot blocker
Solid low-post scorer
Strength
Good athlete
 
Weaknesses
Still learning the game
 
NBA projection: Earning MVP honors at the Portsmouth Invitational didn’t hurt O’Quinn’s chances to get drafted. With his combination of size and athleticism, plus his ability to perform blue-collar tasks such as rebounding and shot blocking, O’Quinn will get a chance to stick on an NBA roster. The best part about him is that he’s humble. He’s got a certain amount of pride about what he’s accomplished, but he realizes he’s got a long way to go, and he’s willing to put in the time to get there.
 
2011-12 Season
O’Quinn racked up some hardware after a season in which he averaged a double-double, led the MEAC in rebounding and blocked shots and led Norfolk State to a 15 seed versus 2 seed upset of Missouri in the second round of the NCAA tournament. He was chosen the MEAC player of the year and defensive player of the year, the MOP at the MEAC tournament, he won the Lou Henson Award as the nation’s top mid-major player and also the HBCU player-of-the-year award.
 
Key statistics: 15.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 2.6 tpg, 0.7 spg, 2.6 bpg, 31.3 mpg, .573 FG, .188 3PT, .696 FT
 
Cool statistic: In 68 games played over his final two seasons, O’Quinn racked up 39 double-doubles.
 
Reminds me of: Taj Gibson
 
What Insiders Say
Norfolk State coach Anthony Evans
“He has blossomed [as a player], but the personality has always been there. We wanted to rein him in a little bit because he wanted to be the class clown. You wanted to run practice and Kyle is telling jokes on the sideline or pouring water down somebody's back and those things happened as a freshman, but this is a reward for him for all the hard work over the past four years, and I'm happy for him.”
 
What Outsiders Say
Missouri coach Frank Haith
“He plays hard, he's good off the block, which makes him difficult. Not only can he score with two feet in the paint, he can face you up, which make it a tough matchup because he can face and drive you and shoot the ball.”
 
Florida power forward Patric Young
“We were watching the game yesterday, and I thought he dominated on the glass. Then when I finally got a chance to see him on film, I got to see how skilled and talented he is as well. He's a good defender, really physical. He overpowers guys he goes up against, and it's going to be a good matchup, and hopefully I can do my thing and hold him to less than 24 and 12, that would be a good thing.”
Kyle O’Quinn
Norfolk State, SR, 6-10, 240
Birthdate: March 26, 1990
 
Strengths
Great rebounder
Great shot blocker
Solid low-post scorer
Strength
Good athlete
 
Weaknesses
Still learning the game
 
NBA projection: Earning MVP honors at the Portsmouth Invitational didn’t hurt O’Quinn’s chances to get drafted. With his combination of size and athleticism, plus his ability to perform blue-collar tasks such as rebounding and shot blocking, O’Quinn will get a chance to stick on an NBA roster. The best part about him is that he’s humble. He’s got a certain amount of pride about what he’s accomplished, but he realizes he’s got a long way to go, and he’s willing to put in the time to get there.
 
2011-12 Season
O’Quinn racked up some hardware after a season in which he averaged a double-double, led the MEAC in rebounding and blocked shots and led Norfolk State to a 15 seed versus 2 seed upset of Missouri in the second round of the NCAA tournament. He was chosen the MEAC player of the year and defensive player of the year, the MOP at the MEAC tournament, he won the Lou Henson Award as the nation’s top mid-major player and also the HBCU player-of-the-year award.
 
Key statistics: 15.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 2.6 tpg, 0.7 spg, 2.6 bpg, 31.3 mpg, .573 FG, .188 3PT, .696 FT
 
Cool statistic: In 68 games played over his final two seasons, O’Quinn racked up 39 double-doubles.
 
Reminds me of: Taj Gibson
 
What Insiders Say
Norfolk State coach Anthony Evans
“He has blossomed [as a player], but the personality has always been there. We wanted to rein him in a little bit because he wanted to be the class clown. You wanted to run practice and Kyle is telling jokes on the sideline or pouring water down somebody's back and those things happened as a freshman, but this is a reward for him for all the hard work over the past four years, and I'm happy for him.”
 
What Outsiders Say
Missouri coach Frank Haith
“He plays hard, he's good off the block, which makes him difficult. Not only can he score with two feet in the paint, he can face you up, which make it a tough matchup because he can face and drive you and shoot the ball.”
 
Florida power forward Patric Young
“We were watching the game yesterday, and I thought he dominated on the glass. Then when I finally got a chance to see him on film, I got to see how skilled and talented he is as well. He's a good defender, really physical. He overpowers guys he goes up against, and it's going to be a good matchup, and hopefully I can do my thing and hold him to less than 24 and 12, that would be a good thing.”
Kyle O’Quinn
Norfolk State, SR, 6-10, 240
Birthdate: March 26, 1990
 
Strengths
Great rebounder
Great shot blocker
Solid low-post scorer
Strength
Good athlete
 
Weaknesses
Still learning the game
 
NBA projection: Earning MVP honors at the Portsmouth Invitational didn’t hurt O’Quinn’s chances to get drafted. With his combination of size and athleticism, plus his ability to perform blue-collar tasks such as rebounding and shot blocking, O’Quinn will get a chance to stick on an NBA roster. The best part about him is that he’s humble. He’s got a certain amount of pride about what he’s accomplished, but he realizes he’s got a long way to go, and he’s willing to put in the time to get there.
 
2011-12 Season
O’Quinn racked up some hardware after a season in which he averaged a double-double, led the MEAC in rebounding and blocked shots and led Norfolk State to a 15 seed versus 2 seed upset of Missouri in the second round of the NCAA tournament. He was chosen the MEAC player of the year and defensive player of the year, the MOP at the MEAC tournament, he won the Lou Henson Award as the nation’s top mid-major player and also the HBCU player-of-the-year award.
 
Key statistics: 15.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 2.6 tpg, 0.7 spg, 2.6 bpg, 31.3 mpg, .573 FG, .188 3PT, .696 FT
 
Cool statistic: In 68 games played over his final two seasons, O’Quinn racked up 39 double-doubles.
 
Reminds me of: Taj Gibson
 
What Insiders Say
Norfolk State coach Anthony Evans
“He has blossomed [as a player], but the personality has always been there. We wanted to rein him in a little bit because he wanted to be the class clown. You wanted to run practice and Kyle is telling jokes on the sideline or pouring water down somebody's back and those things happened as a freshman, but this is a reward for him for all the hard work over the past four years, and I'm happy for him.”
 
What Outsiders Say
Missouri coach Frank Haith
“He plays hard, he's good off the block, which makes him difficult. Not only can he score with two feet in the paint, he can face you up, which make it a tough matchup because he can face and drive you and shoot the ball.”
 
Florida power forward Patric Young
“We were watching the game yesterday, and I thought he dominated on the glass. Then when I finally got a chance to see him on film, I got to see how skilled and talented he is as well. He's a good defender, really physical. He overpowers guys he goes up against, and it's going to be a good matchup, and hopefully I can do my thing and hold him to less than 24 and 12, that would be a good thing.”
Kyle O’Quinn
Norfolk State, SR, 6-10, 240
Birthdate: March 26, 1990
 
Strengths
Great rebounder
Great shot blocker
Solid low-post scorer
Strength
Good athlete
 
Weaknesses
Still learning the game
 
NBA projection: Earning MVP honors at the Portsmouth Invitational didn’t hurt O’Quinn’s chances to get drafted. With his combination of size and athleticism, plus his ability to perform blue-collar tasks such as rebounding and shot blocking, O’Quinn will get a chance to stick on an NBA roster. The best part about him is that he’s humble. He’s got a certain amount of pride about what he’s accomplished, but he realizes he’s got a long way to go, and he’s willing to put in the time to get there.
 
2011-12 Season
O’Quinn racked up some hardware after a season in which he averaged a double-double, led the MEAC in rebounding and blocked shots and led Norfolk State to a 15 seed versus 2 seed upset of Missouri in the second round of the NCAA tournament. He was chosen the MEAC player of the year and defensive player of the year, the MOP at the MEAC tournament, he won the Lou Henson Award as the nation’s top mid-major player and also the HBCU player-of-the-year award.
 
Key statistics: 15.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 2.6 tpg, 0.7 spg, 2.6 bpg, 31.3 mpg, .573 FG, .188 3PT, .696 FT
 
Cool statistic: In 68 games played over his final two seasons, O’Quinn racked up 39 double-doubles.
 
Reminds me of: Taj Gibson
 
What Insiders Say
Norfolk State coach Anthony Evans
“He has blossomed [as a player], but the personality has always been there. We wanted to rein him in a little bit because he wanted to be the class clown. You wanted to run practice and Kyle is telling jokes on the sideline or pouring water down somebody's back and those things happened as a freshman, but this is a reward for him for all the hard work over the past four years, and I'm happy for him.”
 
What Outsiders Say
Missouri coach Frank Haith
“He plays hard, he's good off the block, which makes him difficult. Not only can he score with two feet in the paint, he can face you up, which make it a tough matchup because he can face and drive you and shoot the ball.”
 
Florida power forward Patric Young
“We were watching the game yesterday, and I thought he dominated on the glass. Then when I finally got a chance to see him on film, I got to see how skilled and talented he is as well. He's a good defender, really physical. He overpowers guys he goes up against, and it's going to be a good matchup, and hopefully I can do my thing and hold him to less than 24 and 12, that would be a good thing.”
Strengths:
*Great rebounder
*Great shot blocker
*Solid low-post scorer
*Strength
*Good athlete
 
Weaknesses:
*Still learning the game
 
NBA projection:
Earning MVP honors at the Portsmouth Invitational didn’t hurt O’Quinn’s chances to get drafted. With his combination of size and athleticism, plus his ability to perform blue-collar tasks such as rebounding and shot blocking, O’Quinn will get a chance to stick on an NBA roster. The best part about him is that he’s humble. He’s got a certain amount of pride about what he’s accomplished, but he realizes he’s got a long way to go, and he’s willing to put in the time to get there.
 
2011-12 Season:
O’Quinn racked up some hardware after a season in which he averaged a double-double, led the MEAC in rebounding and blocked shots and led Norfolk State to a 15 seed versus 2 seed upset of Missouri in the second round of the NCAA tournament. He was chosen the MEAC player of the year and defensive player of the year, the MOP at the MEAC tournament, he won the Lou Henson Award as the nation’s top mid-major player and also the HBCU player-of-the-year award.
 
Key statistics:
15.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 2.6 tpg, 0.7 spg, 2.6 bpg, 31.3 mpg, .573 FG, .188 3PT, .696 FT
 
Cool statistic:
In 68 games played over his final two seasons, O’Quinn racked up 39 double-doubles.
 
Reminds me of:
Taj Gibson
 
What Insiders Say:
Norfolk State coach Anthony Evans
“He has blossomed [as a player], but the personality has always been there. We wanted to rein him in a little bit because he wanted to be the class clown. You wanted to run practice and Kyle is telling jokes on the sideline or pouring water down somebody's back and those things happened as a freshman, but this is a reward for him for all the hard work over the past four years, and I'm happy for him.”
 
What Outsiders Say:
Missouri coach Frank Haith
“He plays hard, he's good off the block, which makes him difficult. Not only can he score with two feet in the paint, he can face you up, which make it a tough matchup because he can face and drive you and shoot the ball.”
 
Florida power forward Patric Young
“We were watching the game yesterday, and I thought he dominated on the glass. Then when I finally got a chance to see him on film, I got to see how skilled and talented he is as well. He's a good defender, really physical. He overpowers guys he goes up against, and it's going to be a good matchup, and hopefully I can do my thing and hold him to less than 24 and 12, that would be a good thing.”
 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

 

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