HEAT Bio: Norris Cole

Norris Cole

HEAT Exercise Option on Cole

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The Miami HEAT announced today that they have exercised their team option on guard Norris Cole for the 2014-15 season. Cole has appeared in 145 career games (six starts) and averaged 6.1 points, 2.0 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 19.7 minutes while shooting 40.7 percent from the field. Cole was originally drafted by Minnesota in the first round (28th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft before his draft rights were acquired by the HEAT in a draft night trade. Press Release
Cole Making & Scoring Points In His Second Postseason Run

Cole Making & Scoring Points

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Few people expected this from Norris Cole. When the HEAT capped their franchise record-setting and NBA-leading 2012-13 regular season by winning 37 of their final 39 games, including 27 straight at one point, Cole's professionalism, passion and play backing up Mario Chalmers at the point turned heads and opened eyes among HEAT fans while earning accolades from his coaches. Read the full article.
Norris Cole

Norris Cole the Defensive Disciple

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Norris Cole has always been a strong ball on-ball defender for the Miami HEAT, but now he's becoming a smarter one, too, under the tutelage of Shane Battier. And the offense, it seems, it catching up nicely, as we saw against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 3. Read the Article
Talking Hair with Norris Cole

Talking Hair with Norris Cole

Officially, HEAT Guard Norris Cole is listed at 6’2”, but thanks to his hightop fade haircut, he gains at least another three inches. Not that it provides a quantifiable, strategic advantage on the court, but at the very least, he looks stylish when he’s draining that jumper or clamping down on the opponent’s point guard. Read the full article | HEAT Academy Alumni Awarded Carnival Scholarships
Maturing Cole Seeing More Action In Second Season

Maturing Cole Seeing More Action

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He brings an instant infusion of speed, toughness and aggression every time he hits the floor. His football background translates into a physical, intriguing and exciting style of play. His youth and enthusiasm seem to often inspire his veteran HEAT teammates. And 24-year-old reserve point guard Norris Cole not only understands his role in his second year in the HEAT system -- he relishes it. Read more
You Don't Want Norris Cole Guarding You

You Don't Want Him Guarding You

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You probably expect Shane Battier and Joel Anthony to put up the best defensive numbers, but it might surprise you that Norris Cole is next in line. He's the guy opposing point guards shouldn't want guarding them, because so far, so few of them have actually managed to score, including Jeff Teague and the Atlanta Hawks. Read the Article
Talking Norris Cole with Dan Craig

Talking Norris Cole with Dan Craig

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Miami HEAT Player Development Coach Dan Craig has spent the last year working with Norris Cole on the sophomore's shooting, finishing and playmaking. So far, the results have been good, and Craig stops by to talk about the work they've put in. Read the Article
Position: Guard
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 175
Years Pro: 1
Birthdate: 10/13/88 (Dayton, OH)
High School: Dunbar (Dayton, OH)
College: Cleveland State

Drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the first round (28th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft…draft rights were traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with the draft rights to Malcolm Lee and cash considerations in exchange for the draft rights to Nikola Mirotic on June 23, 2011…draft rights were traded from Minnesota to the HEAT in exchange for the draft rights to Bojan Bogdanovic (31st overall selection), a future 2014 second-round draft pick and cash considerations on June 23, 2011…signed by the HEAT on Dec. 9, 2011.

Professional Career
Has appeared in 145 NBA regular season games during his two-year NBA career and has made six starts…has averaged 6.1 points, 2.0 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 19.7 minutes while shooting 40.7 from the floor, 32.2 percent from three-point range and 71.5 percent from the foul line…has missed just one game due to injury and has been a DNP-CD twice…has scored in double figures on 34 occasions, including a pair of 20-point performances…has 27 multi-steal and one multi-block games…has come off the bench in all 40 NBA postseason games in which he has appeared and has averaged 4.1 points (.324 FG%, .778 FT%), 1.4 assists, 1.2 rebounds and 14.7 minutes…was yet to miss a postseason game due to injury but has been a DNP-CD on six occasions…has scored in double figures twice in postseason play.

2012-13 SEASON:
Appeared in a team-high 80 games (four starts) for the HEAT and averaged 5.6 points (.421 FG%, .650 FT%), 2.1 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 19.9 minutes…sat out Miami’s Dec. 4 game at Washington due to a strained right groin and was a DNP-CD once (Nov. 3 vs. Denver)…topped the HEAT in steals 11 times, in minutes in four contests, in assists twice and rebounds once…was Miami’s top scorer off the bench on 12 occasions and also led the Miami reserves in assists 37 times, in steals 19 times, and in steals and minutes six times each…scored in double figures 13 times…grabbed double-figure rebounds once and posted one double-double…recorded his first career double-double at Cleveland on Apr. 15 and just missed a triple-double by a single assist finishing with season highs in points (16), rebounds (career-high 11) and assists (career-high tying 9)…played a career high in minutes (42:54) at San Antonio on Mar. 31…Season Highs: 16 points (at Cleveland, Apr. 15), 11 rebounds (at Cleveland, Apr. 15), nine assists (at Cleveland, Apr. 15), four steals (vs. Detroit, Mar. 22), two blocks (vs. Minnesota, Dec. 18) and 42:54 minutes (at San Antonio, Mar. 31).

2011-12 SEASON:
Appeared in 65 games (two starts) for the NBA Champion HEAT and averaged 6.8 points (.393 FG%, .776 FT%), 2.0 assists, 1.4 rebounds and 19.4 minutes…did not miss any games due to injury, but was a DNP-CD once (Apr. 12)…ranked among the NBA rookie leaders in free throw percentage (8th), assists (12th) and scoring average (17th)…tied for the HEAT lead in games played with Shane Battier…topped the HEAT in scoring, assists and minutes one time each and in steals six times…was the HEAT’s leading scorer off the bench a team-high 21 times and also led the HEAT reserves in assists a team-high 38 times, in steals on 21 occasions, in minutes six games and in blocks once…scored in double figures 21 times, including a pair of 20-point games…scored 20 points (14 in the 4th Q) off the bench in just his second pro game on Dec. 27 in the HEAT’s home opener vs. Boston…his 24 consecutive free throws made from Jan. 27-Feb. 23 was the second longest streak on the HEAT in 2011-12…made his first NBA start at Orlando on Feb. 8…made his NBA debut at Dallas on Dec. 25…participated in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend in Orlando and had 18 points, six assists and four steals in 24:35 minutes…Season Highs: 20 points (twice), nine assists (vs. Charlotte, Jan. 1), four rebounds (three times), three steals (three times), one block (twice) and 37:34 minutes (vs. Houston, Apr. 22).

2013: Came off the bench in all 21 games in which he appeared for the NBA Champion HEAT and averaged 6.1 points (.480 FG%, .737 FT%), 2.0 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 19.9 minutes…did not miss any games due to injury but was a DNP-CD twice…topped the HEAT in steals twice and in rebounds and assists once each…was Miami’s leading scorer off the bench twice and also led the HEAT reserves in assists a team-high 14 times and in minutes on three occasions…scored in double figures twice…appeared in all four games in the Opening Round vs. Milwaukee and averaged 6.0 points (.474 FG%, 1.000 FT%), 2.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.75 steals and 21.3 minutes…played in all five games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Chicago and averaged 11.0 points (.690 FG%, .667 FT%), 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 22.8 minutes…set HEAT postseason records for highest field goal percentage (.690) and highest three-point field goal percentage (.818) in a five-game series…also led the HEAT in three-pointers made in the Chicago series (9)…scored in double figures twice vs. Chicago…tallied a career-high 18 points in Game 2 on May 8 and matched that total in Game 3 at Chicago on May 10…hit a career-high eight consecutive three-point field goal attempts from May 6-10 becoming the first player in NBA postseason history to take as many as eight three-pointers over any three-game span and hit them all…when he hit all four of his three-point attempts in Game 2 he tied the HEAT franchise record for most three-pointers made in a postseason game without a miss…appeared in all seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals vs. Indiana and averaged 5.0 points (.438 FG%, .750 FT%), 2.0 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 19.6 minutes…appeared in five games in the NBA Finals vs. San Antonio and averaged 3.0 points (.273 FG%, .500 FT%), 2.4 assists, 1.0 rebounds and 16.4 minutes…sat out the final two games as a DNP-CD…2012: Came off the bench in all 19 games in which he appeared for the NBA Champion HEAT and averaged 1.8 points (.324 FG%, .778 FT%), 0.6 assists, 0.5 rebounds and 8.9 minutes…did not miss any games due to injury but was a DNP-CD on four occasions…led the HEAT in steals on three occasions…was Miami’s leading scorer off the bench twice and also led the reserves in assists six times…appeared in three games in the Opening Round vs. New York and averaged 1.3 points (.500 FG%, .000 FT%) and 6.0 minutes…made his postseason debut in Game 1 of the New York series on Apr. 28…saw action in the final five games of the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs. Indiana and averaged 2.0 points (.333 FG%, 1.000 FT%), 1.2 assists and 12.4 minutes…appeared in all seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals vs. Boston and averaged 1.0 points (.222 FG%, .600 FT%), 0.9 assists and 6.6 minutes…played in the final four games of the NBA Finals vs. Oklahoma City and averaged 3.3 points (.333 FG%, .000 FT%), 1.0 rebounds and 11.0 minutes…made his NBA Finals debut in Game 2 at Oklahoma City on June 14…had a postseason career-high eight points and two rebounds in 7:53 of action in Game 4 vs. the Thunder on June 19 and helped spark Miami’s comeback from a 17-point deficit to a key victory.

2011-12: Was a member of Team Shaq in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend.

Played four seasons at Cleveland State University appearing in 140 career games (106 starts) and averaged 14.1 points (.435 FG%, .826 FT%), 3.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.48 steals and 29.4 minutes…at the conclusion of his collegiate career he ranked first all-time in CSU history in games played (140), consecutive starts (105) and minutes played (4,114), second in wins (90) and third in points scored (1,978)…scored in double figures 94 times, including 39 games with at least 20 points, three 30-point efforts and one 40-point performance…captured both Horizon League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2010-11…as a senior he set career highs and led the Vikings in scoring (21.7 ppg), assists (5.3 apg) and steals (2.22 spg)…had career highs in points (41) and rebounds (20) and tallied nine assists vs. Youngstown State on Feb. 12, 2011…led CSU in scoring and assists and ranked second in steals as a junior in 2009-10…earned team Most Improved Player honors as a sophomore in 2008-09 after finishing second on the team and sixth in the Horizon League in scoring…helped lead CSU to the 2009 NCAA Tournament and led the team in scoring in the two games, averaging 19.5 points…was named to the Horizon League All-Tournament team as a sophomore.

Full name is Norris G. Cole II…son of Norris, Sr. and Diane Cole…has two older sisters, Deonna Cole and Javalyn Cole…his cousin, Trent Cole, is a defensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles…graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in health science…has his own website (www.coleworld30.com)...served as the Salutatorian of his senior class at Dunbar H.S. and was a member of the National Honor Society…in addition to playing basketball at Dunbar H.S. he was a two-time all-league choice as a quarterback on the football team and also lettered once each in baseball and track (long jump)…was set to go to Walsh University on a partial basketball and football scholarship before deciding to attend Cleveland State on a basketball scholarship…traveled to New Zealand in August of 2009 as part of an Athletes in Action tour…wears size 12 sneakers.

MINS: 42:54, at San Antonio (3-31-13)
FGM: 8, two times (last: at Indiana, 2-14-12)
FGA: 16, vs. Boston (12-27-11)
3-PT FGM: 3, four times (last: vs. Boston, 4-12-13)
3-PT FGA: 4, seven times (last: vs. Orlando, 4-17-13)
FTM: 6, two times (last: vs. Detroit, 4-8-12)
FTA: 8, vs. Detroit (4-8-12)
OR: 3, vs. Houston (4-22-12)
DR: 10, at Cleveland (4-15-13)
TOT: 11, at Cleveland (4-15-13)
AST: 9, two times (last: at Cleveland, 4-15-13)
STL: 4, vs. Detroit (3-22-13)
TO: 7, vs. New York (4-2-13)
BLK: 1, two times (last: vs. Washington, 4-21-12)
PTS: 20, two times (last: at Indiana, 2-14-12)

MINS: 29:37, vs. Chicago (5-8-13)
FGM: 7, vs. Chicago (5-8-13)
FGA: 9, vs. Chicago (5-8-13)
3-PT FGM: 4, vs. Chicago (5-8-13)
3-PT FGA: 4, vs. Chicago (5-8-13)
FTM: 4, vs. Indiana (5-22-12)
FTA: 5, at Boston (6-3-12)
OR: 1, seven times (last: vs. San Antonio, 6-9-13)
DR: 5, vs. Chicago (5-8-13)
TOT: 6, vs. Chicago (5-8-13)
AST: 4, six times (last: at San Antonio, 6-13-13)
STL: 3, two times (last: at Milwaukee, 4-25-13)
TO: 5, two times (last: vs. Indiana, 5-22-13)
BLK: 1, two times (last: at San Antonio, 6-11-13)
PTS: 18, two times (last: at Chicago, 5-10-13)