Saturday, May 7, 2016

New York Knicks: Kyle O’Quinn Earns College Degree from Norfolk State University

New York Knicks big man Kyle O’Quinn has fulfilled a promise to his family to earn his college degree from Norfolk State University.

NEW YORK, New York -- Over the course of his four-year college career, Kyle O’Quinn became the face of the Norfolk State Spartans men’s basketball program. He was named the 2012 MEAC Player of the Year and Lou Henson Award winner, and earned back-to-back MEAC Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Four years later, O’Quinn has finished what he started.

During his remarkable 2012 season, O’Quinn led Norfolk State to one of the most shocking upsets in NCAA Tournament history. He recorded 26 points and 14 rebounds as the Spartans upset the No. 2 seed Missouri Tigers, thus becoming just the fifth 15-seed to win a game in March Madness.

Four years removed from that incredible run, Ian Begley of ESPN New York reports that O’Quinn has done something else to make his parents proud: he’s earned his college degree.

“It took me a little time,” O’Quinn says. “But just holding that promise to actually complete it, it feels good.”

“I did a heavy load in the summer, obviously, and I’d take one or two classes during the year, but everything’s so mobile nowadays that it makes it a little easier,” said O’Quinn, who will receive a degree in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on education.


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