Ronald Nored Jr
Ronald E. Nored Jr (born March 1, 1990 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a player development coach for the Boston Celtics organization and a former point guard for the Butler University Bulldogs basketball team.
Nored grew up in Birmingham, where his father, Ron Nored Sr, was pastor of Bethel AME Church in Ensley and a co-founder and executive director of Bethel-Ensley Action Task (BEAT). Nored, Sr died from pancreatic cancer in 2003.
Nored starred as an All-State point guard for Tim Shepler's Homewood High School Patriots, averaging 15.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game as a senior, when he led the team to a 31-5 record and a finals appearance in 2008. His career-high game came as a junior when he scored 38 against Briarwood Christian High School.
During his senior year, Nored made a verbal commitment to Western Kentucky University, but backed out after coach Darrin Horn left for South Carolina. He turned down an academic scholarship to Harvard University and basketball offers from Samford and South Alabama to play for Brad Stevens at Butler, just a few miles away from his grandparents' house in Indianapolis.
Quickly establishing himself as a tenacious defender and a vocal court leader, Nored started all 32 games in his freshman season. His season-high game came when he went 4-4 from the court, including the game-winning shot, on an 11-point night against Cleveland State. In his sophomore season he was named the Horizon League's co-defensive player of the year and the league's all-tournament team. He recorded a career-high five steals against Valparaiso and a career-high 8 assists in a home win over Wright State. His high scoring night came against Illinois-Chicago with 16 points. He scored 15 points and had 6 assists in Butler's 2nd round NCAA tournament victory over Murray State and grabbed five steals against Syracuse in the West Region semifinal. He scored 7 with 6 rebounds in the loss to Duke in the championship game.
As a junior, Nored averaged 5.0 points per game with a high of 16 against Utah. He helped Butler return to the title game of the NCAA tournament, but failed to score from the field, earning all 6 of his tournament points at the free-throw line. He did get two steals and four rebounds in 26 minutes against Connecticut in the title game.
After graduating, Nored coached high school basketball in Indiana and college basketball at the University of South Alabama briefly before accepting his current position with the Boston Celtics. He serves as a coach for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Developmental League.
- "Paris TN: Player who helped beat MSU is son of late Parisian ‘Rocky’ Nored." (March 25, 2010) Paris Post-Intelligencer
- Schlabach, Mark (April 5, 2010) "Father's memory inspires Butler's Nored" ESPN.com
- Solomon, Jon (March 3, 2014) "Catching up with Ronald Nored, the Homewood basketball star now working for Boston Celtics." The Birmingham News
- Ronald Nored at butlersports.com