Kyle O'Quinn to Orlando Magic: Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Analysis
Kyle O'Quinn isn't necessarily a household name, unless you're a fan of Missouri or Norfolk State basketball.
O'Quinn played a major role in Norfolk State's upset of the No. 2 Missouri Tigers this past March, and that tournament performance has garnered him some well-deserved interest. At 6'10'' and 241 pounds, O'Quinn is a raw talent who can help solidify his team's frontcourt while also managing to spread the floor with his perimeter shooting abilities.
What O'Quinn Brings to the Team
O'Quinn is the type of player who can make an immediate impact coming off the bench with his above-average rebounding skills and his physical presence in the paint.
In the past two seasons at Norfolk State, O'Quinn has combined averages of 16.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.
O'Quinn isn't going to have that kind of impact immediately against NBA talent, but there's no doubt that with time and the right coaching, he'll be able to mature into that kind of a player. He certainly has the work ethic and physical demeanor to do just that.
What Experts Are Saying about O'Quinn
The consensus on O'Quinn is that the potential that exists in his massive 76-inch wingspan and physical style of play outweighs his low basketball I.Q. and inconsistent motor.
Here's what ESPN's Chad Ford has to say about O'Quinn's NBA potential.
"He was the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference player of the year and defensive player of the year. When he's motivated he can be a presence on both ends of the floor."
O'Quinn's Rookie Impact
O'Quinn is one of the most mature players coming out of the draft, and he also happens to have one of the most NBA-ready frames. With the veteran leadership and coaching, he can be one of the steals of this year's draft.
There's no doubt that O'Quinn can come right in and provide legitimate production, to the tune of five points and five rebounds per game coming off the bench.
Don't be surprised if O'Quinn ends up being one of the steals of the 2012 NBA draft. He's the kind of player who will outwork his teammates and add polish to his offensive game rather quickly by learning from the talent around him.
This was a solid chance for Orland to take late in the draft.
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