West Virginia University's men’s basketball coach Darian DeVries has appointed Nick Norton as assistant coach/director of player development for the Mountaineers. Norton, a Bloomington, Illinois native, previously served on DeVries’ staff at Drake, aiding the team to an 80-26 (.755) record with two NCAA Tournament appearances and two Missouri Valley Conference titles. DeVries praised Norton's work ethic, enthusiasm, energy, rapport with players, and strong basketball IQ, stating that he aligns well with the basketball staff and program. Norton, who began his collegiate career at UAB, has solid basketball credentials, including being named All-Conference USA Third Team as a sophomore, and receiving the Conference USA Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolade. He later transferred to Drake and achieved notable milestones, despite having his collegiate career cut short by an injury. Norton also briefly ventured into the NBA G League with the South Bay Lakers before stepping away due to injuries.

By the Numbers
  • Norton made 97 starts for the Blazers during his time at UAB.
  • He set Drake’s single-game assists record with 17 assists against North Dakota State.
State of Play
  • Norton has been appointed as the assistant coach/director of player development for West Virginia University's men’s basketball team.
  • He brings a wealth of experience from his collegiate career and his time with Drake, contributing to their successful seasons.
What's Next

Norton's transition to his new role at West Virginia University and his potential impact on the team's performance will be closely watched. His experience and accolades make his contribution to the program highly anticipated.

Bottom Line

Nick Norton's appointment as assistant coach/director of player development at West Virginia University brings a promising addition to the men’s basketball program, with his proven track record as a player and coach, making him a valuable asset to the team.