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Prospect Profile

Norris Cole

  • Full Name: Norris Cole
  • Position: Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-2 / 170
  • Birthdate: October 13, 1989
  • College: Cleveland State
Chicago Bulls (Traded to Miami Heat) Round 1: Pick 28

** Traded to Miami on Draft night

Strengths:

  * Can score in variety of ways
  * Gets to the free-throw line often
  * Good facilitator
  * Strong work ethic
  * Takes pride in defense
  * Good rebounder for his size

Weaknesses:

  * Shooting has been inconsistent
 

NBA projection:
Cole will be drafted late in the first or early in the second round, and given his willingness to work hard could have solid career as a point guard

2010-11 Season:
Was chosen the Horizon League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league in scoring, steals and free-throw percentage and finishing second in assists and seventh in rebounding. Broke school single-season scoring record with 780 points. Also broke school record for free throws made (227) and attempted (266).

Key statistics:
21.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 5.3 apg, 2.6 tpg, 2.2 spg, 35.7 mpg, .439 FG, .342 3PT, .853 FT

Cool statistic:
Only two Division I players in the last 15 years put together a 40-point, 20-rebound game. One was Oklahoma's Blake Griffin. The other is Cole, who in February torched Youngstown State with 41 points, 20 boards and nine assists.

Reminds me of:
Toney Douglas

What Insiders Say:
Gary Waters, Cleveland State coach
"He goes out and guards the best player on every team and holds them to single digits. At the same time he's going to score his points, and assist for his team. He does basically everything you could think about for a team to be successful."

What Outsiders Say:
Ryan Blake, NBA Scouting
"He's not just a scorer. He can also run the offense, and he can defend. That is the key."

Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.

Cleveland State
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2007-08 34 14.4 54 142 .380 49 60 .817 1.4 0.8 0.6 0.0 167 4.9
2008-09 37 32.8 187 413 .453 78 97 .804 2.5 2.4 1.2 0.1 492 13.3
2009-10 33 34.2 185 428 .432 131 164 .799 2.8 4.4 1.8 0.1 539 16.3
2010-11 36 35.7 251 572 .439 227 266 .853 5.8 5.3 2.2 0.1 780 21.7
Totals 140 29.4 677 1555 .435 485 587 .826 3.2 3.2 1.5 0.1 1978 14.1
Three-point field goals: 2007-08, 10-for-42 (.238); 2008-09, 40-for-131 (.305); 2009-10, 38-for-111 (.342); 2010-11, 51-for-149 (.342). Totals: 139-for-433 (.321).

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