Norris signs with Miami

April 16, 1994|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

Kevin Norris, a first-team All-Metro pick last season from Lake Clifton, signed a national letter of intent yesterday to play basketball for the University of Miami.

"Coach [Leonard] Hamilton really showed a lot of interest in me," Norris said during a news conference in Lake Clifton's library.

"When I went on a visit to George Mason on a Wednesday, he came for the Capital Classic, then waited until I returned home that Sunday to see me, and that really impressed me. During each open period, he would come and see me and kept in contact. That's why I chose Miami."

This past season at Maine Central Prep Institute, Norris (5 feet 8) averaged 14.0 points and 12.0 assists.

In his senior season at Lake Clifton, he averaged 18.0 points and 7.7 assists. He opted to attend Maine Central Prep after receiving a score of 690 on the Scholastic Assessment Test, 10 points shy of the minimum score required for freshman eligibility.

Norris, who was contacted by more than 70 Division I schools, chose the Hurricanes over Georgetown, George Washington, Providence, Maryland and George Mason.

"He's a hard-nosed player," said Hamilton. "He's extremely confident, and he has the potential to be a leader. Obviously, he has excellent basketball skills, but I'm more impressed with the intangible things."

Hamilton said Norris will get an opportunity to be the starting point guard for the Hurricanes, who have 14 players scheduled to return from a team that finished 7-20 overall and 0-18 in the Big East Conference.

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