Sunday, June 24, 2012

News On The Horizon 6/24/2012

Karrington Ward A Hot Recruiting
Florida State, Nebraska, Illinois, SMU, Texas Tech, Kentucky, Valparaiso and Detroit are just a few of the schools that are actively looking to get involved.

Strengthened Miami Heat puts the rest of America on high alert--Miami Herald
What you saw in that final game, when James told his teammates in a pregame huddle that Oklahoma City had no earthly idea what the Heat was about to unleash, was James making Mike Miller and Shane Battier and Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole into his Paxson and Kerr. What James just did, this season, this postseason, compares favorably to even the best year on Jordan’s résumé.
Role players help Miami Heat roll to NBA Finals victory--Miami Herald
Chalmers and rookie Norris Cole took the baton from Battier in Game 4.

In the series’ pivotal game, Chalmers scored 25 points and earned a lasting nickname from Wade that isn’t exactly fit to print. The fearless Alaskan had 12 points in the fourth quarter and carried the team late in the game when James went down with a leg cramp.

Cole, sporting a new haircut for Game 4 — his signature high-top fade from his collegiate days — had his series-defining run in the first half. With the Heat trailing by 17 points, Cole came off the bench to lead the rally, scoring eight points in a seven-minute span.

Sprinkled throughout the series were contributions from other reserves. James Jones and Udonis Haslem, Miami’s native sons, each had six important points off the bench in Game 3.

“Everybody stepped up — Shane, Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers, Mike Miller … Udonis Haslem,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
What's next? Heat to turn to NBA Draft, free agency--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Among those who expected to participate are the team's first-round pick, 2012 first-round pick Cole, Harris, Pittman, possibly former Heat draft picks Jarvis Varnado and Robert Dozier, plus other young players who either go undrafted or are free agents.
Roster review: 15 players, 15 rings, their moments--South Florida Sun Sentinel
Norris Cole

Age: 23.

2012-13 contract status: Under contract for $1,082,520, with Heat holding options for two additional seasons under rookie scale.

Championship heights: For most of three rounds of the playoffs, he bought time for Erik Spoelstra to rest his starters, largely without getting in the way. And then, in the NBA Finals, there were subtle reminders of what had made him such a promising prospect at the start of the season. He finished with a flourish.

Next step: Honestly, little more than typical rookie maturation. To a degree, Cole is the type of player you don't want to inhibit. His free-spirited style is what makes him such a wonderful contrast on this roster.

Moment to remember: One a night when it came down to two or three big plays, Cole's two 3-pointers in the 104-98 Game 4 victory in the Finals provided a needed bench boost when there wasn't much of a bench boost otherwise.
Championship bonus: Heat clarity at center, point guard--South Florida Sun Sentinel
The Heat's point guard of the moment? The very point guard who over these past two seasons had lost his starting job to the likes of Carlos Arroyo, Mike Bibby and, almost, Norris Cole: Mario Chalmers.
Norris Cole 2nd Viking to win NBA title--Cleveland State Hoops

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