Cowbell Kingdom 2012 Draft Profiles: Kyle O’Quinn and Co.

The Kings worked out another bunch of second-round and summer league prospects in Sacramento on Sunday.  Kyle O’Quinn, a member of the Norfolk State team that shocked the Missouri Tigers in this year’s NCAA Tournament, headlined the pre-draft showcase.


Zack Rosen – Pennsylvania

If there’s one thing you can’t question about Rosen, it’s his mental capacity.  The 6’0 point guard played his college ball in the Ivy League and graduated from the Wharton School of Business, which is considered one of the top business schools in the world.  As far as his playing style goes, Rosen is a solid shooter and playmaker.  He shot a career-best 45.3 percent from the field and is Penn’s all-time leader in assists (588).  The 23-year-old guard is ranked 85th among Draft Express’ top 100 prospects.


  • Height: 5’11.75″ w/o shoes
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Wingspan: 6′ 1″


  • Standing Vertical: 30″
  • Lane Agility: 11.10 sec.
  • 3/4 Court Sprint: 3.18 sec.

Jamelle Barrett – Saskatchewan (Canada)

Hailing from Rancho Cordova, Barrett is a local kid who boasts a nomadic basketball journey that ultimately took him north of the border.  He began his career in junior college, first at the College of Southern Idaho.   Then, Barrett returned home to play for Consumnes River College.  He transferred for a third and final time to the University of Saskatchewan, where he finished up his college career.  Barrett is a shifty point guard, who can score either slashing to the paint or hitting an outside jumper.  The 23-year-old guard is not ranked among Draft Express’ top 100 prospects.


  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 180 lbs.


Eli Holman – Detroit

Holman fits the profile of a prototypical power forward.  He stands close to 6’8, but has long arms to make up for his height.  Offensively speaking, Holman prefers to do most of his damage inside and shot better than 60 percent from the field in his three years at Detroit. Holman is also a good rebounder on the offensive end, where he attacks the glass with high intensity and uses his length to his advantage.  However, Holman’s off-the-court character raises a few red flags (see here and here).  The 23-year-old forward is not ranked among Draft Express’ top 100 prospects.


  • Height: 6′ 7.5″ w/o shoes
  • Weight: 254 lbs.
  • Wingspan: 7′ 4.25″


  • Standing Vertical: 23.3″
  • Lane Agility: 12.62 sec.
  • 3/4 Court Sprint: 3.45 sec.

Kenny Gabriel – Auburn

Gabriel is an athletic forward, who was named the Tigers’ MVP this past season.  He averaged 12.2 points, grabbed 7.3 rebounds and shot better than 50 percent on 2-point field goals in his last year of college.  Gabriel is also pretty athletic – he finished second in this year’s college slam dunk contest.  He is not ranked among Draft Express’ top 100 prospects.


  • Height: 6′ 8″
  • Weight: 209 lbs.

Alex Young – IUPUI

Averaging 20.4 points per game, Young is a scorer.  The forward prospect out of George Hill’s alma mater ranked as the eighth-best scorer in all of college basketball this past season.  However, Young isn’t very efficient offensively and produced primarily as a high-volume scorer.  Young shot a career-low 42.4 percent from the field for an IUPUI team that managed to finish just 14-18 on the season.  The 22-year-old forward is ranked 94th among Draft Express’ top 100 prospects.


  • Height: 6′ 5″ w/o shoes
  • Weight: 217 lbs.
  • Wingspan: 6′ 11″


  • Standing Vertical: 26.3″
  • Lane Agility: 10.92 sec.
  • 3/4 Court Sprint: 3.30 sec.

Kyle O’Quinn – Norfolk State

Since leading Norfolk State to a historic upset over Missouri in this year’s NCAA Tournament, O’Quinn’s draft stock has risen.  In the 86-84 victory, the senior forward posted the best game of his career.  He scored 26 points on 10-of-16 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds in the bracket busting upset.  O’Quinn is a player that likes to score around the basket, but lacks a solid perimeter game.  Defensively, he uses his length to his advantage as a shot-blocker, but could have trouble on the perimeter against NBA stretch 4s.  O’Quinn is currently projected as an early-to-mid second-round pick.


  • Height: 6′ 8.5″ w/o shoes, 6’10” w/ shoes
  • Weight: 240.8 lbs., 8-percent body fat.
  • Wingspan: 7”4.75″
  • Standing Reach: 9′ 3.5″


  • Standing Vertical: 31.5″
  • Running Vertical: 31.5″
  • Lane Agility: 11.65 sec.
  • 3/4 Court Sprint: 3.53 sec.

Post-workout Notes

  • A few guard observations: In one-on-one-drills, Rosen struggled to get his shot off against his defenders.  There were a few possessions where he ended up settling for off-balnce fadeaway jumpers.  Meanwhile, Barrett displayed pretty good quickness and was able to blow past his defenders on occassion.
  • O’Quinn was pretty successful hitting from five to 10 feet away from the basket in one-on-one drills. But as he movwd further away from the hoop, O’Quinn seemed to release his shot on the way down rather than at the apex of his jump.
  • O’Quinn on rising from relative obscurity at Norfolk State: “Some people call it a whirlwind and I like to use that because, every day is something new.  You don’t know what to expect.  I had nobody going before me.  I had nobody to tell me the ropes because coming from Norfolk State, you don’t have guys (that paved) the way.  I’m glad I could be the first one to pave the way for the guys behind me.  But right now, we’re just living each day as a new experience.  And it’s a blessing to be in these shoes, so we want to ride it ’til the wheels fall off.”
  • After being absent from the last two workouts, Kings head coach Keith Smart was present running drills in today’s pre-draft session.


Jonathan Santiago
Jonathan Santiago serves Cowbell Kingdom as senior editor specializing in writing, podcasting and video production. He also handles the majority of CK’s day-to-day beat coverage of the Kings.

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