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Norris Cole (basketball)

Norris Cole
Cole with the Miami Heat
No. 30 – Miami Heat
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1988-10-13) October 13, 1988
Dayton, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Dunbar (Dayton, Ohio)
College Cleveland State (2007–2011)
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro career 2011–present
Career history
2011–present Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Norris Gene Cole II (born October 13, 1988) is an American professional basketball point guard with the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA).


  • High school and college career 1
    • College statistics 1.1
  • Professional career 2
    • Miami Heat (2011–present) 2.1
  • NBA career statistics 3
    • Regular season 3.1
    • Playoffs 3.2
  • Personal 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

High school and college career

Cole was a star at Dunbar High School in Dayton, Ohio, leading his basketball team to consecutive state championships in his junior and senior years. He was a high school teammate of future NBA player Daequan Cook. (The two later faced each other in the 2012 NBA Finals.)[1]

Cole was set to go to Walsh University on a football scholarship when Cleveland State basketball coach Gary Waters decided to recruit him. His numbers improved over the course of his college basketball career, which culminated in a senior year that saw him average 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.[2]

Cole was recognized for his accomplishments by being the first person in the Horizon League's men's basketball history to be named both Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, earning an AP All-America Honorable Mention, making the USBWA District V team, as well as the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 12 First Team.[3]

He was also a finalist for the Wooden Award and a "Final Five" finalist for the Bob Cousy Award.[4] Cole played 140 career games for Cleveland State, averaging 14.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in 29.4 minutes per game. [5]

College statistics

2007–2008 Cleveland State 34 14.4 .380 .238 .817 1.4 0.8 0.6 0.0 4.9
2008–2009 Cleveland State 37 32.8 .453 .305 .804 2.5 2.4 1.2 0.1 13.3
2009–2010 Cleveland State 33 34.2 .432 .342 .799 2.8 4.4 1.8 0.1 16.3
2010–2011 Cleveland State 36 35.7 .439 .342 .853 5.8 5.3 2.2 0.1 21.7
Career 140 29.4 .435 .321 .826 3.2 3.3 1.5 0.1 14.1

Professional career

Miami Heat (2011–present)

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 him to the Miami Heat.

Cole impressed both his coaches and teammates during training camp, including an impressive outing in the Heat's annual Red & Black Scrimmage, demonstrating poise, confidence, and blazing speed in a 21 point and 4 assist performance. After a solid preseason when he averaged 9.5 points and 4.5 assists, he impressed a nationwide audience in the Heat's home opener against the Boston Celtics by scoring 14 points in the 4th quarter (making many crucial shots in the closing minutes) to secure a Heat victory in the face of a Celtic's comeback attempt. Cole finished that game with a total of 20 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. He became the 4th fastest rookie in Heat franchise history to score at least 20 points in a game.

Cole was originally left out of the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge, but due to the rising stardom of Jeremy Lin, who was added late to the group, Cole was selected as the 20th rookie in order to even out the competition.[6] He tallied 18 points, 6 assists, and 4 steals in the game.

Cole finished the 2011-2012 season averaging 6.8 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 2.0 assist on 39% shooting, serving as the team's backup point guard behind Mario Chalmers. He made two big 3 pointers in Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals which would spark a comeback run. Cole won his first championship in his rookie season after the Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1.

Cole played in 80 games in the 2012-2013 season, including 4 starts, and averaged 5.6 points and 2.1 assists. In the playoffs, Cole averaged 6 points a game, including two straight 18 point games against the Chicago Bulls in games 2 and 3 of their second round series. He would be ejected from Game 7 of the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals by referee Ken Mauer after a shoving match with Indiana Pacers forward Jeff Pendergraph, who was also ejected late in the fourth quarter during a 26-point Miami Heat lead.[7] Miami would advance to the Finals, Cole's second trip. Miami pushed the San Antonio Spurs to 7 games and won the title for Cole's second championship.

In the 2013-2014 season, Cole played in all 82 games and started in six games, averaging 6.4 points and 3 assists per game. In the playoffs, Cole scored 13 points in game 4 of the Heat's first round sweep of the Charlotte Bobcats, and would not score in double figures again until Miami's crucial game 2 victory against the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals, posting 11 points with two three point baskets. Miami defeated Indiana 4 games to 2 to advance to their fourth straight Finals and Cole's third. The Heat would once again face the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals, but Miami would lose the series in five games. Cole was the only Heat player who had a contract going through the 2014-15 NBA season.

On October 29, 2014, Cole played his first time as an opening night starter and scored a career high 23 points in the Heat's 107-95 season-opening win over the Washington Wizards.[8]

NBA career statistics

Regular season

Denotes seasons in which Cole won an NBA championship
2011–12 Miami 65 2 19.4 .393 .276 .776 1.4 2.0 .7 .0 6.8
2012–13 Miami 80 4 19.9 .421 .357 .650 1.6 2.1 .7 .1 5.6
2013–14 Miami 82 6 24.6 .414 .345 .779 2.0 3.0 .9 .1 6.4
Career 227 12 21.4 .409 .333 .734 1.7 2.4 .8 .1 6.2


2012 Miami 19 0 8.9 .324 .250 .778 .5 .6 .4 .0 1.8
2013 Miami 21 0 19.9 .480 .531 .737 1.9 2.0 .7 .1 6.1
2014 Miami 20 0 20.2 .410 .375 .867 1.1 1.8 .4 .1 4.6
Career 60 0 16.5 .429 .417 .791 1.2 1.5 .5 .1 4.3


Cole was a member of the National Honor Society and served as the salutatorian of his high school senior class. He earned a bachelor's degree in health sciences from Cleveland State.

He is the cousin of Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole.[9][10]

See also


  1. ^ Former teammates Norris Cole and Daequan Cook square off in NBA Finals
  2. ^ Gardner, Tim (February 12, 2011). "Performance of the year? Cleveland State's Norris Cole has a big day".  
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  8. ^ Heat open new era, top Wizards 107-95 in opener
  9. ^ "#30 Norris Cole". Cleveland State Vikings Men's Basketball. Retrieved 2011-06-23. 
  10. ^ Trent Cole's Cousin is Miami Heat PG

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from, or
  • Official website
  • Miami Heat bio
  • Profile
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