Kyle O'Quinn Biography
Source: Norkfolk State University athletic website
June 18, 2012
Kyle Brandon O’Quinn … born on March 26, 1990 … son of Tommie and Regina O’Quinn … majoring in physical education ... Started all 36 games … became the first player in MEAC history to win the conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season … also selected the Lou Henson Award winner as the nation’s mid-major Player of the Year … earned MEAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors after leading the Spartans to their first-ever MEAC title and NCAA Tournament berth … also a first-team All-MEAC, NABC All-District 15, VaSID All-State and Black College All-America selection … led the MEAC and tied for fifth in the nation with 20 double-doubles … also ranked 14th in Division I in field goal percentage (57.3), 15th in blocks (2.7) and 16th in rebounding (10.3) … led the Spartans and finished sixth in the MEAC in scoring, at 15.9 points per game … also paced the MEAC in rebounding and blocked shots for the second straight year while ranking second in field goal percentage … posted 11 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks in the Paradise Jam victory over Drexel (11-18-11) in the second of seven straight double-double outings … followed up that performance with 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in the win over TCU which sent the Spartans into the Paradise Jam championship (11-20-11) … contributed 10 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in the narrow 59-57 Paradise Jam title round loss to No. 16 Marquette (11-21-11) ... became just the seventh player in school history and first in the Division I era to reach the 1,000 career rebound mark when he snared 12 boards in a loss to Delaware State (2-15-12) … grabbed 16 more rebounds in the Senior Night win over Longwood (2-20-12) … had 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor in just 17 minutes of a win at Bethune-Cookman (2-25-12) … averaged 16.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game in three MEAC Tournament games … had 18 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in the MEAC quarterfinal win over Howard (3-7-12) … posted 13 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in the semifinal victory over FAMU (3-8-12) … recorded 18 points, seven rebounds and one block in the championship win over Bethune-Cookman (3-9-12) … led No. 15 seed NSU’s 86-84 upset of No. 2 seed Missouri by scoring 26 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in an NCAA Tournament second-round game in Omaha, Neb. (3-16-12) … was 10-of-16 from the floor and added two assists, two steals and a block in 37 minutes played … had the go-ahead three-point play with 34 seconds left, which started with a weak-side offensive rebound and put-back … also forced a key jump-ball with an offensive rebound following a teammate’s missed free throw with eight seconds left, giving the Spartans the possession ... the win was NSU’s first-ever in the NCAA Division I Tournament and was just the fifth 15-over-2 upset in tourney history … finished his career 15th in school history in scoring, sixth in rebounds and first in blocked shots … following the season, became the first Spartan since 2000 to be invited to attend the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (PIT) for collegiate seniors … earned PIT MVP honors by averaging 11.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game to help his Portsmouth Sports Club team finish in second place.