WHO IS NORRIS COLE?
The 6’2 23-year-old was a multi-sport star at Dunbar High School in Dayton, Ohio. He was even recruited to play football on a scholarship at Walsh University, before joining the Cleveland State basketball program.
Cole earned some significant honors during his time at Cleveland State, 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 AP All-America Honorable Mention, and making the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 12 First Team.
Norris Cole was the 28th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. The pick belonged to the Chicago Bulls, but they traded his rights to the Minnesota Timberwolves who then dealt him to the Miami Heat. The cousin of NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole, has already begun to make a name for himself in the NBA.
The Miami Heat rookie stole the show in the game against the Boston Celtics recording 20 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals—14 of his 20 points came in the 4th quarter.
As the Celtics began to chop away at Miami’s 20-point lead down to 3, it was Norris Cole, who in the final minutes, scored 9 straight points, assuring the Miami victory; 115-103.
Cole makes things happen for Miami off the bench. He is very active on the court, he shows little fear and immense confidence, which is just what the Heat needs—great productivity aside from the Big Three. He is an effective playmaker, with vast athleticism and speed, which makes me wonder if he will take Miami’s starting PG spot. Even so, with Miami being a fast-paced team and quick in the transition, Cole is a perfect fit. It may still be too early to tell, but I expect great things from this rookie.