Henk Norel

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Henk Norel
Henk Norel - unniks.jpg
Norel with GBC in 2017.
Cafés Candelas Breogán
Position Power forward / Center
League Liga ACB
Personal information
Born (1987-09-17) September 17, 1987 (age 31)
Gorinchem, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Listed height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Playing career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2006 Joventut Badalona
2005–2006 Prat
2007–2008 Lucentum Alicante
2008–2012 Joventut Badalona
2012–2017 CAI Zaragoza
2017–2018 Gipuzkoa Basket
2018–present Breogán
Career highlights and awards

Henk Norel (born September 17, 1987) is a Dutch professional basketball player for Cafés Candelas Breogán of the Liga ACB. He was drafted with the 47th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Early life[edit]

During his younger years Norel played for SV Argon, a team based in Mijdrecht. In the 2004–05 season he played for a junior team of Demon Astronauts, a professional club from Amsterdam.

Professional career[edit]

Norel, with Joventut in 2009.

Norel entered the Joventut Badalona team in 2005, but played on loan for CB Prat and Lucentum Alicante the following seasons.

In the 2009 NBA Draft Norel was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 47th overall pick, which made him the 7th Dutch player who was drafted.[1]

Starting from the 2009–10 season Norel became a rotation player for Joventut in the Liga ACB.

In the 2012 offseason Norel signed a three-year deal with CAI Zaragoza, another team from the ACB.[2] In his first season his numbers rose, as he averaged 13.3 points per game and was 5th in PIR rating in the league. After Norel suffered a knee injury in May 2013, he took a long time to recover.[3] His first appearance back on the court was in January 2014.

On June 26, 2017, Norel left Zaragoza after five seasons.[4]

On August 4, 2017, Norel signed with RETAbet.es GBC.[5] In his first month with GBC, Norel received the ACB Player of the Month Award for October.[6] He was named to the All-Liga ACB First Team after the 2017–18 season.[7]

On July 26, 2018, Norel signed with Cafés Candelas Breogán of the Liga ACB.[8]

National team career[edit]

Norel represented the Netherlands national basketball team in international competitions. With the Netherlands, he played at EuroBasket 2017. On May 17, 2018, Norel announced his retirement from the Dutch national team, as he indicated he needed rest to focus on his club career.[9] Over an 11-year span, Norel played 79 games with the Netherlands.[10]


  1. ^ "Basketballer Henk Norel als 47-ste gedraft | RTV Rijnmond". Rijnmond.nl. 2009-06-26. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
  2. ^ "Holland - CAI Zaragoza to sign 3-year deal with Henk Norel | MLBB - Sports Agency WebSite Template". Mlbb.d11.gr. 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
  3. ^ "Norel Injury Deals Blow To Dutch Hopes". FIBA Europe. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
  4. ^ "Henk Norel leaves Zaragozza". Sportando.com. 26 June 2017. Retrieved 26 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Henk Norel inks with Gipuzkoa". Sportando.com. August 4, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  6. ^ "Henk Norel, MVP Movistar de octubre". www.acb.com (in Spanish). 31 October 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  7. ^ All-ACB First and Second Team Announced
  8. ^ "Henk Norel, carácter de MVP para o Cafés Candelas Breogán - CB Breogán". CBBreogan (in Galician). 26 July 2018. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  9. ^ Basketballer Norel (30) stopt na elf jaar bij Oranje

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