|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Norfolk State PF/C Kyle O’Quinn||06.26.12 at 6:16 am ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins trade) and 51.
Position: Power forward/center
Team: Norfolk State
Weight: 240 pounds
Achievements: 2012 Lou Henson Award (Mid-Major Player of the Year), 2012 MEAC Player of the Year, 2012 All-MEAC first team, 2012 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year, 2012 MEAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, 2011 All-MEAC first team, 2011 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year, 2010 All-MEAC second team
Key 2011-12 stats: 15.9 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, .573 FG%
What he brings: O’Quinn has an NBA-ready build, and he uses his size and strength to dominate the boards. The New York City native has good length, including a freakish 7-foot-5 wingspan, and is impressive in the low post as he is physical enough to score near the hoop as well as block shots. O’Quinn also possesses a decent mid-range jump shot and is a crafty passer.
However, playing at Norfolk State leaves him relatively unproven against top competition. He is not the best athlete and needs to improve his shot selection as well as his pick-and-roll defense.
Where the Celtics could get him: Early projections pegged O’Quinn for the middle of the second round, but he has been climbing up draft boards since his strong showing at the combine. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he went late in the first round to a team willing to be patient with his development.
Notes: O’Quinn played a big role in Norfolk State’s upset of second-seeded Missouri in the NCAA tournament, recording 26 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in the win.
Video: Here is a highlight package of O’Quinn’s senior season.