First, we will take a look at Gabe Norwood. Norwood, a 2007 graduate of Mason and member of the 2006 Final Four team, has been busy since leaving Mason. Heck, he even left the country to play ball overseas.
Gabe went to the Philippines to play professionally, but before the pro ranks, the ally-ooping machine played on the national team for the Philippines. He competed in the William Jones Cup and the FIBA Asia Championship in 2007 as part of the national team.
In the Jones Cup, the Philippines finished third with a 5-4 record. Norwood's slam dunk with ten seconds left in the game against South Korea secured the 4-point win for the Philippines. He recorded 12 points in that contest and also scored 10 points against Lebanon.
In the FIBA Asia Championships, the Philippines were attempting to make it to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. The Philippines posted a 1-2 record in group play, but they did defeat the national team from China 79-74.
In the next round, the Philippines went 3-0 in their group to finish 9th in the championships with a 5-2 record, overall. In the team's 104-69 win over India, Norwood scored a game-high 23 points and dished out four assists. In their 89-58 victory over Kuwait, he scored a game-high 18 points and had five assists.
In the 2008 PBA Draft, Norwood was the first overall selection, being drafted by Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. He was the PBA Rookie of the Year in his first season professionally. In his rookie season, the team finished 3rd in the 2009 PBA Fiesta Cup playoffs.
He finished with 11.2 points per game, shooting 46.6 percent from the floor. He scored a career-high 21 points on May 6, 2009 against Talk-N-Text.
He is known as Mr. President, because of his resemblance to President Barack Obama.
Gabe hopes to be able to return to Fairfax and watch his alma mater play on the Patriot Center court next season.