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Kyle O’Quinn sings ‘One Shining Moment’ (Video)

As if upsetting No. 2 seed Missouri didn’t already endear Norfolk State center Kyle O’Quinn enough to fans, singing the lyrics to “One Shining Moment” sure did. During an interview that played on CBS Saturday, Greg Gumbel asked O’Quinn if it was true he knew the lyrics to the song. O’Quinn said he knew the beginning of the song, and he showed us.

O’Quinn may not be on the court when the song is played following the championship game, but he and his team sure will be part of the video after what they did on Friday.

Norfolk State star Kyle O’Quinn was a benchwarmer in high school

Norfolk State center Kyle O’Quinn has been the breakout star of the NCAA Tournament in the first week. The senior from Jamaica, New York posted 26 points and 14 rebounds in an upset win over Missouri Friday, his 20th double-double of the season. He did an interview with CBS that played during halftime of one of the games Saturday and was asked how he was so overlooked by colleges coming out of high school.

“When you only play one year of high school basketball, people think maybe he never proved himself,” O’Quinn said, responding to a question from Charles Barkley. “I was a benchwarmer my junior year. Schools have their recruiting plans laid out years before. I probably never came across the head coach’s desk, and Norfolk State was the first one to jump.”

And now the Spartans are benefiting from giving O’Quinn a look. He’s averaged over 16 points and 10.5 rebounds per game each of the two seasons while shooting over 55%. After what he’s done in his college career, maybe NBA teams won’t make the same mistake college ones did.