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NBA Draft Profile: Kyle O'Quinn


So, you lost out on Andre Drummond and Fab Melo and still need a big man to come in and make his presence felt on the defensive end. You're in luck. There's this kid from Norfolk State named O'Quinn who might very well make your squad and help protect the paint. Sure, he's from a small school, and yes, he's a little on the short side (6'8.5" barefoot), but all is not lost.

This is a kid who has consistently altered/blocked shots in his 4 years working out of this small school in the Commonwealth of Virginia. (Quite the mouthful there trying to speak all of that.)

He was productive. 15.9 points, 10.3 rebounds (including 3.2 Offensive) and 2.7 blocks per game...if you're looking for a center, those have to be the kinds of stats that you'd live with. His 57.3% overall FG% (which included 18.8% from 3) says the kid can score and not just at the rim. His 7'5 wingspan will make even the tallest of NBA players re-route their shots if they're in his area.

So he's not the most explosive athlete. He's got just enough athleticism that he should catch on and provide good depth on a good team and start on a bad one. He has just enough athleticism that he should be able to play the 4 if you need him to (where only the most athletic of 4's will give him problems) and his 7'5 wingspan means you can count on him to cover down low...as he's built a lot like Ben Wallace (though not quite as strong.)

His 8% body fat is actually encouraging as it shows a guy who takes conditioning seriously. And his hands are amongst the bigger mitts int he current draft with a 9.5x10 hand span.

All in all, he's a guy you can afford to take a flyer on. While his ceiling is probably lower than his standing reach...his floor is probably somewhere around waist high. He's a safe bet to be exactly what you want out of your late 1st early 2nd rounders...quality depth with occasional glimpses of surprise.

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