Pick 28: The internet takes an insurmountable 14 stories to 0 lead over ESPN with the announcement that the number 28 pick is going to be traded yet again, this time from Minnesota to Miami, in exchange for the #31 pick, a future second round pick and cash. Miami instructs Minnesota to pick Norris Cole for them, a man who more than likely would have fallen anyway. Presumably, they got word that he wouldn't.
It doesn't take long to mention that Cole had a 41 point, 20 rebound game last season, against the damp squib that was Youngstown State. This is easy enough to default to, and certainly beats the alternative of making "yet another point guard goes to Minnesota!" jokes. Stu Scott does this anyway.
In a bitter irony, Cole is from Cleveland [State]. Miami just couldn't help themselves.
He doesn't have it any more, sadly, but Norris Cole used to rock a very hi-top fade.
Norris Cole - Cleveland State guard Cole put up the best individual game stat line in college basketball - 41 points, 20 rebounds and 9 assists versus an admittedly forgettable Youngstown State team. It was the first collegiate 40/20 game since Blake Griffin, and Blake Griffin is not a 6'1 point guard. Cole's season averages are just as nice - 21.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game, with a solid 2:1 assist/turnover ratio, solid defense and good transition play. Cole is not the best outside shooter, isn't the quickest, and is not especially big, but he wants it more than most. Grit, heart, hustle, intangibles, selflessness, etc. He's better than Cedric Jackson, who made the NBA with a few different teams. It needn't be an insurmountable obstacle that Jackson is bigger.
I'd make a Coronation Street reference here, but it would fall flat on its face.
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