Professional basketball player Norris Cole graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in health sciences. As a Viking, he was the first person in Horizon League men’s basketball history to be named both Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.
Drafted by the Chicago Bulls, then traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Miami Heat during the 2011 NBA draft, he played four years with the Heat, helping the team win back-to-back championship titles in 2012 and 2013.
The guard went on to play for the New Orleans Pelicans, Shandong
Golden Stars, Oklahoma City Thunder and Maccabi Tel Aviv, which won
the 2017 Israeli League Cup. His #30 Viking jersey was retired by CSU on Feb. 6, 2016.
His Norris Cole Foundation encourages academic achievement, health and well-being, community service and leadership development for youth.