Norfolk State hero Kyle O’Quinn wins MVP at Portsmouth Invitational

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After his team’s enormous upset of second-seeded Missouri in the NCAA tournament, Kyle O’Quinn gave one of the most heartfelt post-game interviews you’ll see.

The kid who got just one scholarship offer, from Norfolk State, earned his moment in the spotlight with 26 points and 14 rebounds against Missouri and, if this past week was any indication, he’s not done yet.

At the Portsmouth Invitational, an annual exposure tournament for college seniors, O’Quinn won the MVP award, going for eight points, 12 rebounds, and six blocks in a championship game loss on Saturday.

O’Quinn is vying for a spot in the NBA and is projected to go in the late second round, according to DraftExpress.

If he continues to build muscle and tone up, as well as develop his skills, he has the size at 6-10, 240 pounds, to perhaps be a contributor at the NBA level.

The Queens, N.Y., native averaged 15.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in his senior year at Norfolk State.

The Portsmouth Invitational is flooded with NBA and European scouts who are looking for talent to fill their rosters. Temple guard Juan Fernandez signed a deal with an Italian club after playing at Portsmouth this week, a deal reportedly worth somewhere in the “high six figures.”

If O’Quinn is not drafted, he should have options overseas or perhaps in the NBA D-League. He is signed with agent Alberto Ebanks, who also represents former Tennessee forward Scotty Hopson and former Cincinnati one-and-doner Lance Stephenson.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

VIDEO: Marshawn Wilson dunks over teammate

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Marshawn Wilson, a freshman guard, made a pretty good first impression to Northern Illinois fans, jumping over 6-foot-8 teammate, Jaylen Key, on Thursday night during the Hukies’ midnight madness.

Wilson is five inches shorter.

The Huskies are coming off a 14-18 (8-10 MAC) season. Northern Illinois begins the 2015-16 campaign against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 13, the first of three games in as many days.

VIDEO Ron Hunter dances at Georgia State’s midnight madness

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Georgia State’s Ron Hunter appears to have recovered from the Achilles tendon tear he suffered last March while celebrating the Panthers winning the Sun Belt Conference Tournament title.

On Thursday night, at the third annual GSU Jam, Hunter broke out the dance moves to the song “Hit The Quan” by iHeart Memphis.

Georgia State went on to defeat No. 3 seed Baylor in the Round of 64, thanks to a game-winning three from Hunter’s son, R.J. That shot made for one of the best moments of March Madness, as Ron Hunter fell of his rolling chair in disbelief.

R.J. Hunter is nowa a rookie with the Boston Celtics. Ron Hunter enters his fifth season with the Panthers.