CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Cleveland State men's basketball program will retire the number 30 that Norris Cole wore during his CSU career during a pre-game ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, when the Vikings host Oakland at 1:00 pm in the Wolstein Center.
Currently a member of the New Orleans Pelicans, Cole will attend the ceremony before his Pelicans play the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30 pm that evening at Quicken Loans Arena.
In addition, the first 1,500 fans in attendance at the game will recieve a Norris Cole Bobblehead.
"Norris was one of the top players to come through Cleveland State and this is a great honor for him to have his number retired," CSU head coach Gary Waters said. "This is important for him and his family and he deserves this recognition for what he did in this program. Through his play on the court and the success we had as a program, Norris provided a great deal of visibility to Cleveland State during his college career. Not only was Norris an outstanding player, but he is an overall special person."
The addition of Cole's number "30" gives Cleveland State a total of three men's basketball retired numbers as he will join Franklin Edwards (No. 14) and Ken "Mouse" McFadden (No. 10).
Cole made a significant impact on the Viking program during his four-year career that spanned from 2007-11.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Cole is the school's all-time leader in games played (140), consecutive games played (140) and minutes played (4,114), while ranking third in CSU history in scoring (1,978), free throws made (485) and free throw percentage (.826; 485-587), fourth in assists (455) and seventh in steals (207).
Cole also set a CSU single-season record in points (780), free throws made (227) and free throws attempted (266) as a senior. In addition, he played in and started all 37 games in 2008-09, tied for CSU single-season records.
A first team All-Horizon League selection as a junior and senior, Cole became the first player in Horizon League history to earn Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year accolades in the same season when he earned both honors in 2011, leading the Vikings to 27 wins, the second most in school history, the Horizon League regular season championship and a berth in the NIT.
Cole was an honorable mention AP All-America selection as a senior and was one of five finalists for the Bob Cousy Award in 2011, presented to the top point guard in the country. He was also a first team all-district selection by the NABC and USBWA after leading the Horizon League in scoring (21.7), steals (2.2) and free throw percentage (.853) and ranking second in assists (5.3).
As a junior, Cole earned first team All-Horizon League accolades, averaging 16.3 points, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game. That came on the heels of Cole starting all 37 games as a sophomore, helping lead the Vikings to the Horizon League Championship and just the second NCAA tournament berth in school history. Cole ranked sixth in the league in scoring (13.3), including a 22-point effort in a win over Wake Forest in the first round of the NCAA tournament. He averaged 19.5 points in CSU's two NCAA tournament games.
A seven-time Horizon League Player of the Week, Cole was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 28th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves and later sent to the Miami Heat where he went on to win NBA Championships in 2012 and 2013.
Cole graduated from CSU in 2011 with a degree in health sciences.