Norris Cole (basketball)

Norris Cole
No. 30   Miami Heat
Point Guard
Personal information
Date of birth October 13, 1988 (1988-10-13) (age 23)
Place of birth Dayton, Ohio
Nationality American
High school Dunbar
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 174 lb (79 kg)
Career information
College Cleveland State
NBA Draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Career history
2011–present Miami Heat
Stats at

Norris Cole (born October 13, 1988) is a professional basketball player for the Miami Heat.


High school and college career

Cole was a multi-sport star at Dunbar High School in Dayton, Ohio, leading his basketball team to consecutive state championships in his junior and senior year. Lightly recruited out of high school, he was all set to go to Walsh University on a football scholarship when Cleveland State basketball coach Gary Waters decided to take a chance on him. He worked hard to steadily improve himself over the course of his college basketball career. This resulted in a stellar senior year, where he averaged 21.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 2.2 steals per game, highlighted by a 41 point, 20 rebound, 9 assist performance against Youngstown State.[1]

In addition to setting a host of school records, Cole earned some significant honors. Amongst them are included being the first person in Horizon League Men's Basketball history to simultaneously be named Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, earning an AP All-America Honorable Mention, and making the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 12 First Team.

He was also a finalist for the Wooden Award and a final five finalist for the Bob Cousy Award.[2]

College statistics


2007-2008 Cleveland State Vikings 34 14.4 .380 .238 .817 1.4 0.8 0.6 0.0 4.9
2008-2009 Cleveland State Vikings 37 32.8 .453 .305 .804 2.5 2.4 1.2 0.1 13.3
2009-2010 Cleveland State Vikings 33 34.2 .432 .342 .799 2.8 4.4 1.8 0.1 16.3
2010-2011 Cleveland State Vikings 36 35.7 .439 .342 .853 5.8 5.3 2.2 0.1 21.7

NBA career

Cole was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft as the 28th pick out of Cleveland State, but in a series of draft night deals, his rights were subsequently traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who then dealt them to the Miami Heat.[4]


Cole was the salutatorian of his high school class and earned a bachelor's degree in health sciences from Cleveland State. He is the cousin of NFL's Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole.[5]


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