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Gabe Norwood

Gabe Norwood

  • Team: Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
  • Birth date: Feb. 9, 1985
  • Birth Place:
  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 
  • Draft (Year): 2008 - 1st overall (Rain or Shine)
  • College / University:
    George Mason U
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Gabriel Daniel 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 currently playing for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the Philippine Basketball Association. He is also a two-time member of the Philippine national basketball team.

Collegiate career

Gabe 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.

Professional career

Gabe 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.


  GPGames played  GSGames 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
2008-09Rain or Shine4436.4.394.269.5838.
2009-10Rain or Shine3538.5.423.271.7066.

About the Player

Norwood, a 6'5" 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.
He was drafted first overall in Philippine Basketball League by the Hapee Complete Protectors.
Norwood is better known as "The President" which was coined by Filipino Journalist and color commentator Quinito Henson due to his resemblance with US President Barack Obama.
The new power couple, Norwood is frequently seen cozying up with DOLE manager / beauty Lei Feranil and are often referred to as: LeiWood.

National team

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

Physical statistics

  • Height: 6' 5" 195 cm ( w/o shoes), 6' 6" 198 cm ( with shoes)
  • Weight: 210
  • Wingspan: 7' 0"
  • Vertical Leap: 38 inches

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