Butler’s Nored Gets to the Point

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Published: March 21, 2011 | By Jason

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Butler junior Ronald Nored

Earlier this basketball season, I had the opportunity to interview one of the most delightful college athletes I’ve encountered in 20-plus years of writing — none other than Butler’s Ronald Nored. He’s a fast-talking quote machine with a vibrant personality that has this odd Pied Piper quality about him. In just a few short minutes with him, I believe I would have followed him anywhere within reason that he suggested we go.

Butler has somehow managed to make it to the Sweet 16 after last year’s Final Four run. And while Nored hasn’t had quite the year he had last season statistically, he’s still a great leader and has a story worth hearing. Here’s an excerpt with a link to the full story below:

INDIANAPOLIS — When Butler junior Ronald Nored attended Point Guard College camp one summer while in high school, he learned an important life-long lesson: Whenever you walk into a room, raise the energy level by making everyone feel special.

Nored does it off the court with ease. After Butler home games, he slowly works his way through a slew of friends and family awaiting his exit from the locker room, greeting each one by name with eye contact and a hug. Then there’s walking across campus in a timely manner, which is next to impossible for Nored.

“We call him ‘The President,’” says teammate and all-knowing roommate Shelvin Mack. “Ronald knows everybody on campus and cares so much for his school. I’ve never seen anybody with as much energy as he has. He takes time with everyone he meets.”

But on the court? Nored is a wizard when it comes to executing what he learned.

Given the chance, Nored’s ball-wielding skills could make both Allen Iverson and Stephon Marbury feel special — on the same court and team.

“I do the things I have to do in order to raise the energy in the room,” Nored says. “Playing great defense and diving for loose balls — that gets your teammates excited.

“My role is to make my teammates better. That makes me happier than if I score 30 points. If I don’t score but I make my teammates better, play great defense and win, that’s a great night.”

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