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Jason Gardner HOF
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 04, 2013
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Jason Gardner

Jason Gardner HOF
     The glare in the stare told you everything you needed to know about Arizona guard Jason Gardner, one of the toughest backcourt leaders the Wildcats have ever had. Earlier this decade, Gardner personified the Point Guard U, the affectionate name given to UA for its storied history of standout on-court leaders. Gardner, a 5-foot-10 guard from Indianapolis, never shied from competition, undersized or not. His success was immediate, as he was named the national Freshman of the Year in 2000, leading UA to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament's West Regional. A season later - with teammates Richard Jefferson, Gilbert Arenas, Luke Walton, amd more- Gardner helped lead UA to its second NCAA title game, averaging 10.9 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds a game. Two years later - after a Sweet 16 appearance as a junior - Gardner once again took the Wildcats to a No. 1 ranking and an Elite Eight appearance. In Gardner's career, he posted a 107-29 (.787) record, and led UA to two Pac- 10 Conference titles and a conference tournament title. As a senior in 2003, he was named the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Player of the Year, given to the top player 6-feet and under. In his 136 games, he finished as UA's career leader in games played, games started and minutes played, making him a true iron man. His 1,984 career points scored third on the school's all-time scoring list. Since leaving UA, he's had a successful professional career overseas, playing in Belgium and Germany. 
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