Selected by Chicago Bulls in first round (28th pick overall) of 2011 NBA Draft... Draft rights traded by Bulls with draft rights to Malcolm Lee and cash considerations to Minnesota Timberwolves for draft rights to Nikola Mirotic (June 23, 2011)... Draft rights traded by Minnesota Timberwolves with a future second-round draft pick and cash considerations to Miami Heat for draft rights to Bojan Bogdanovic.
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…wants to run basketball camps in Dayton and Cleveland when his playing career is over…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)…traveled to New Zealand in August of 2009 as part of an Athletes in Action tour…wears size 12 sneakers.