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If you were unfamiliar with Norris Cole prior to last week, you’re fully aware of the name now. Cole is the standout guard for little-known Cleveland State, a member of the NCAA’s Division I Horizon League. In two games played last week, Cole averaged 34 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and two steals per game. The four-year senior had a game for the ages against Youngstown State on Saturday, achieving something that had only been seen once before in the last 15 years.

In a career-defining performance, Cole scored 41 points, collected 20 rebounds, dished out nine assists and recorded three steals in an 86-76 win over the Penguins of Youngstown State. The only other Division I player to put up 40 and 20 in the last 15 years? A certain NBA rookie phenom known as Blake Griffin. However, keep in mind that Cole is only a 6-foot-2-inch guard, making the numbers that much more impressive. Adding on to the mystique of the performance is the fact that Cole had a double-double in each half of the game.

A lot of “experts” have had Cole going undrafted in June. Is this the type of performance that gets his name higher on draft boards?

NCAA Player of the Week - Norris Cole

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