Gabe Norwood

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Gabe Norwood
Gabe Norwood.jpg
No. 5 – Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League PBA
Personal information
Born (1985-02-09) February 9, 1985 (age 29)
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Nationality Filipino / American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school State College Area
(State College, Pennsylvania)
College George Mason (2003–2007)
PBA draft 2008 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
Pro career 2008–present
Career highlights and awards
  • PBA Rookie of the Year (2009)
  • PBA Mythical Second Team (2009)
  • PBA All-Rookie Team (2009)
  • PBA Slam Dunk Champion (Locals Division) (2009)
  • 2x PBA All-Defensive Team (2010, 2013)
  • PBA Defensive Player of the Year (2010)
  • PBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (2010)
  • 3x PBA All-Star (2010–2012)

Gabriel Daniel "Gabe" Norwood (born on February 9, 1985) is a Filipino-American professional basketball player and a former NCAA basketball player at George Mason University. Norwood is playing for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the Philippine Basketball Association. He is a two-time member of the Philippine national basketball team.

Collegiate career[edit]

Norwood is part of the 2005–06 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team. He played 35 games averaging 3.4 points per game, 2.0 rebounds per game, 2.2 assists per game, 1.0 steals per game, 42.5 FG%, 58.8FT% in 21.1 mins/game.

Norwood spent his life in many different parts of the United States while his father, Brian Norwood, now defensive coordinator at Baylor University, coached different collegiate football teams. In high school, he and his brother (Jordan Norwood, a former football player at Penn State where his father coached until 2007) were part of the state championship team at State College Area High School in State College, Pennsylvania.

Statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 George Mason University 29 30.4 .306 .308 .5 0.83 0.76 0.34 .1 1.03
2004–05 George Mason University 29 40.3 .438 .133 .672 3.97 2.55 1.62 .55 5.83
2005–06 George Mason University 35 50.1 .425 .375 .588 2.03 1.94 0.94 .66 3.4
2006–07 George Mason University 33 48.1 .469 .394 .750 2.09 1.73 0.73 .15 3.55

Professional career[edit]

Norwood was the first overall pick in the 2008 PBA Draft by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. During the 2009 PBA All-Star Week, Norwood won in the Slam Dunk Contest among locals. Unfortunately, he failed to beat the 2006 NCAA Slam Dunk Champion and Barangay Ginebra Kings import, David Noel, who won the same contest but among the imports.

He won the 2008–09 PBA Rookie of the Year for his promising performance inside the court. He was also named into the Second Mythical Team in the same awards night. In the 2010 All-Star Game in Puerto Princesa, Norwood won the Handy Fix All-Star Game MVP for his highlight dunks and moves and also because of his baskets in the critical moments of the game. He had 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and a block. He led the North All-Stars to a 133–130 win over the South All-Stars.

Statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Correct as of December 8, 2012[1][2]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Rain or Shine 44 36.43 .394 .269 .583 7.95 3.27 1.16 .64 11.52
2009–10 Rain or Shine 51 38.65 .422 .287 .727 6.69 3.78 1.41 .75 13.78
2010–11 Rain or Shine 40 32.27 .371 .336 .669 6.30 3.77 1.27 .57 10.20
2011–12 Rain or Shine 53 29.58 .396 .294 .644 6.08 3.30 .87 .45 8.68
2012–13 Rain or Shine 14 29.71 .310 .185 .625 6.64 3.93 1.36 1.21 7.86
Career 202 33.91 .393 .288 .661 6.72 3.55 1.18 .64 10.83

International career[edit]

Norwood, a 6'6" guard-forward, is a member of the national basketball team of the Philippines that represented the country in the 2007 William Jones Cup, and in the FIBA Asia Championship 2007.

In 2008, Norwood was again named to the Philippine Training Pool headed by Coach Yeng Guiao for future international competitions. The 2009 Philippines Men's National Basketball Team saw action and finished 8th overall in the 2009 FIBA Asia Championship held in Tianjin, China on August 6–16, 2009.

Norwood once again joined the national team, this time under the 2nd incarnation of the Smart-Gilas program. His athleticism and versatility on both sides of the floor was a great asset in the team's run to a silver medal finish in the FIBA Asia Men's Championship, hosted in the Philippines.

Norwood rejoined the national team for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.

Statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

[3][4]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012 William Jones Cup Smart Gilas 8 26.75 .397 .571 .722 5.125 2.75 0.5 0.5 9.88
2012 FIBA Asia Cup Smart Gilas 7 25.2 .458 .167 .4 5.0 0.9 1.0 0.28 7.1

Physical statistics[edit]

  • Height: 6' 5" 195 cm (without shoes), 6' 6" 198 cm (with shoes)
  • Weight: 210
  • Wingspan: 7' 0"
  • Vertical Leap: 38 inches

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Wynne Arboleda
PBA Defensive Player of the Year
2009-2010
Succeeded by
Arwind Santos