MIAMI Norris Cole sets goals high. And he claims to regularly reach them.
Cole aimed to be top five in his graduating class at Dayton (Ohio) Dunbar High School, Ohio. He finished No. 2.
Cole wanted to become the first to be named Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the Horizon League while at Cleveland State. Check.
Cole sought to be a first-round NBA pick even though Cleveland State hadn't had one since the quite forgettable Darren Tillis was taken by Boston in 1982. He reached that when he went No. 28 last June.
Now that Cole has entered the NBA with Miami, he has established new goals. So what are they?
"I don't really want to tell them," Cole, 23, said.
"But I have four goals I set at the start of this year, and I think about them every day. I set them pretty high. The higher the goals are, the better it is. If you reach for the stars and you fail, you still land in the clouds. So that's my attitude on things."