General: At a school known for great point guards, Gardner closed his career as one of college basketball's finest ... One of the most decorated athletes in school history, Gardner earned All-America honors 12 times in his four-year career, including Player-of-the-Year honors as a senior (just the third in UA history) ... One of just four players in Pac-10 history to amass 1,500 career points, 500 assists and 200 steals ... His unquestioned leadership has been essential to UA's success, as the squad is 107-29 (.787) during Gardner's career ... Arizona's career leader in games played, games started, minutes played and three-point field goals ... Extremely quick and shines when in the spotlight with a knack for hitting big shots ... An iron man who has played 40+ minutes 31 times in his career ... Worked hard to improve the range and accuracy of his jumper ... Made a seamless adjustment from distributing point guard in 2001 (10.9 ppg/2.33 assist:turnover ratio) to a scorer in 2002 (20.4 ppg/4.6 apg) ... A rarity in the college game these days - a four-year star who will earn his degree ... Finished his career with 4,825 minutes played, which at the time was the second-most in college basketball history, trailing only Kansas' Danny Manning (4,961; 1984-88).
2002-03 (Senior): The Frances Pomeroy Naismith Player of the Year ... The highest-scoring guard in Arizona history (1,984 points/3rd all-time) and the school's all-time leader in games played (136) and games started (135) ... Ranks among the career top 10 in 13 statistical categories at Arizona ... One of only four players in Pac-10 history to tally over 1,500 career points, 500 assists and 200 steals ... Became the 38th player in Pac-10 history to be a three-time all-conference honoree ... A John R. Wooden Award All-American ... Earned second-team All-America honors from the Associated Press, NABC and Senior CLASS Award ... USBWA second team All-America and the District 9 Player of the Year ... Foxsports.com third team All-America ... An all-NCAA West Regional selection ... Named Arizona tri-most valuable player in a vote of his teammates ... A preseason Associated Press first team All-America pick ... Also on the preseason and midseason Wooden and Naismith Award watch lists ... A Wooden Award Finalist ... Team is 55-9 in Gardner's career when he collects at least five assists ... Earned Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week honors Dec. 16 for his effort in the win over Texas ... Set new school record for career three-point field goals at Oregon on Jan 2 ... Topped 500 career assists on Dec. 30 ... Played 40+ minutes 31 times in his career (five times in 2002-03) ... Earned Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week honors Jan. 27 for the second time this season (third career) in averaging 21.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in the wins over Arizona State and Kansas ... Has 10 career games with 30+ minutes and zero turnovers ... Named NABC first team all-District 15 ... Finished with a team-high 23 points, four assists and two steals in 40 minutes vs. Kansas on 3/29 in West Regional final ... Collected 19 points, six assists and three steals on 3/27 vs. Notre Dame in West Regional semifinal ... Topped 20 points for the sixth time this season with a team-high 22 points and four assists in 47 minutes of double OT win over Gonzaga on 3/22 ... Collected a team-best six assists to go with seven rebounds vs. Vermont on 3/20 ... Grabbed eight rebounds and topped the 600-assist plateau on 3/13 vs. UCLA, but struggled from the floor, making just 2-of-20 FG attempts ... Scored 21 of his season-high 27 points in the second half (6-of-9 FG) on 3/8 vs. Oregon to go with three boards and three steals ... Knocked down three treys to go with five assists and two steals on 3/6 vs. Oregon State ... Collected 12 points, four boards, four assists (one TO) and three steals in Pac-10 title clinching win at Stanford on 3/1 ... Scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half at California on 2/27 as he became Arizona's all-time leader in minutes played ... Passed out a season-high 10 assists to go with eight points on 2/22 at Arizona State ... Knocked down 4-of-9 treys to become the second player in Pac-10 history to notch 300 career three-point field goals on 2/15 vs. USC ... Hit 4-of-7 treys to finish with 14 points and three assists vs. UCLA on 2/13 ... Moved into fifth place on the UA career points scored list with a team-high 19 points, seven boards and four steals on 2/8 at Washington State ... Collected eight points to go with seven assists (one TO) in 41 minutes at Washington on 2/6 ... Tallied 18 points, five boards, seven assists (no TO) and four steals on 2/1 vs. California ... Played 40 minutes for the second straight game and tallied a team-high 22 points and six assists vs. Stanford on 1/30 ... Hit a season best 10-of-12 FTs to finish with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists on 1/25 at Kansas ... Scored a team-high 19 points to go with seven rebounds, four assists and a season-high four steals vs. Arizona State on 1/22 ... Registered 11 points, five rebounds and four assists on 1/18 at UCLA ... Grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds (all defensive) to go with four assists on 1/16 at USC ... Passed out a season-high nine assists on 1/11 vs. Washington to go with 11 points and three steals ... Scored a team-high 19 points to go with six assists and a steal on 1/9 vs. Washington State ... Posted 12 points, seven assists (1 turnover) and two steals at Oregon State on 1/4 ... Scored a game-high 21 points, including a trey with 2:13 to go that gave UA the lead for good, in UA's win at Oregon on 1/2 ... Collected 11 points and six assists on 12/30 vs. Boston University ... Equaled season highs with seven assists and three steals on 12/28 vs. Davidson ... Scored a team-high 16 points and added a steal on 12/21 at Louisiana State ... Scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, including six in the final two minutes to lead Arizona to victory over No. 8 Texas on 12/15, finishing with seven assists (1 TO) in 37 minutes ... Hit 7-of-8 FTs to go with six assists on 12/7 at San Diego State ... Scored a team-high 16 points (4-6 3-pt. FG) to go with two assists in the win over Saint Louis on 12/3 ... Hit 9-of-12 FGs en route to 24 points, five boards and five assists vs. Northern Arizona on 11/27 ... Posted a steady 12 points, four assists and three steals in the season-opening win over Western Kentucky on 11/23.
Summer 2002: Averaged 18.6 points and 4.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game on Arizona's 10-game tour of Australia ... Notched a double-double (35 pts./10 reb.) on May 24 vs. Sydney Kings, one of two 30-plus point nights ... Shot 41 percent (63-of-154) from the floor and 36 percent (31-of-86) from the international three-point line.
2001-02 (Junior): A tri-captain ... A second-team All-America by cnnsi.com and Basketball America, and a third team selection by the Associated Press and the NABC ... Named to the Pac-10 all-Tournament team ... Scored more points (692) than any other player in the Pac-10 ... Only league player to be ranked in the top 10 in points, assists and steals ... Ranked in the top 10 in 10 UA career statistical categories ... Averaged 19.0 points and 4.0 assists in the postseason ... Finished the year riding a streak of 34 straight games with at least one trey ... Named to the all-Southwest team by Basketball Times ... A preseason Wooden Award Player-of-the-Year candidate and one of 20 finalists for the honor ... Also one of 20 players named as a Naismith Player of the Year candidate ... Named NABC first team all-District 15 and USBWA all-District 9 ... An All-Pac-10 selection ... Had a streak of 32 consecutive free throws end in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals ... Finished the season ranked second in the Pac-10 in scoring (20.4), first in 3-point FGs made (3.12), fifth in assists (4.56), ninth in steals (1.56), and sixth in assist:turnover ratio (1.61) ... Arizona's on-court leader who has been more vocal with six freshman on the roster ... Played all 40+ minutes in 16 games this year ... Averaged 38.2 minutes per game ... Scored in double-figures in 32 of 34 games (17 20-point games/4 30-point games) ... Fifteen consecutive double-figure games to start the season was the longest double-figure streak of his career ... Collected five or more assists in 16 of his last 24 games ... Team is 41-8 during Gardner's career when he totals at least five assists in a game ... Collected at least three steals in a game 10 times this season ... Earned Pac-10 Player-of-the-Week honors on Nov. 26 for his season-opening performances ... Topped the 1,500 career-point barrier on 3/21 vs. Oklahoma in the West Regional Semifinal by scoring 14 points and adding three rebounds and two assists ... Scored 14 points and added a season-high eight assists (2 TO) in 40 minutes vs. Wyoming in the NCAA Tournament second Round on 3/16 ... Hit 12-of-14 FTs en route to 28 points and five assists vs. UCSB on 3/14 ... Tallied 10 of his 11 points in the second half of the Pac-10 Tournament title game vs. USC on 3/9 and added five assists ... Scored a game-high 25 points (8-of-14 FG) and added two assists vs. California on 3/8 ... Equaled a school record by hitting 12-of-12 free throws in Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinals vs. Arizona State on 3/7 en route to 22 points ... Hit 6-of-10 shots en route to 14 points, four assists and a steal on 3/2 vs. California ... Scored 20 of his game-high 33 points in the second half (his second 20-point half this season) and added four steals vs. Stanford on 2/28 ... Tallied 16 points (8-of-8 FTs) and six assists vs. Arizona State on 2/20 ... Hit 10-of-17 FG attempts en route to a team-high 27 points at USC on 2/16 to go with three rebounds and five assists ... Scored a game-high 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting (7-of-10 3-pt. FGs) in 40 minutes at UCLA on 2/14 ... Tallied seven assists, four steals and four rebounds on 2/9 vs. Washington State, but scored just nine points on 4-of-14 shooting ... Equaled a season high with seven assists on 2/7 vs. Washington to go with 13 points (11 in second half) ... Finished with 20 points and three assists in the win at Stanford on 2/2 ... Tallied 15 of his 17 points and all six of his rebounds in the second half of the win at California on 1/31 ... Scored a game-high 30 points and added five assists and four rebounds on 1/26 vs. Connecticut ... Registered 16 points and four assists at Arizona State on 1/23, but went 5-of-12 from the floor ... Tallied 19 points, six assists and zero turnovers in 38 minutes vs. UCLA on 1/19 ... Equaled a season high with seven assists on 1/17 vs. USC, but failed to score in double figures for the first time this season ... Hit 4-of-6 treys in the second half and finished with 21 points and six assists on 1/12 at Washington ... Poured in a team-high 23 points to go with five assists and three steals at Washington State on 1/10 ... Scored 23 of his career-high-equaling 34 points in the second half in leading Arizona back from a 19-point second-half deficit in the win over Oregon State on 1/6, including scoring 14 of the team's final 18 points ... Topped the 20-point plateau for the fifth time this year with 22 points vs. Oregon on 1/4 to go with five assists and three steals ... Named Fiesta Bowl Classic MVP after a 19-point, six-assist, season-best five steal performance vs. Valpo on 12/30 ... Hit 4-of-6 treys to finish with 16 points and added a season-best seven assists in the 23-point win over Pepperdine on 12/28 ... Scored his 1,000th career point on 12/22 at Oregon, as he finished with a team-high 19 points ... Hit 7-of-10 FTs to finish with 15 points and three assists at Oregon State on 12/22 ... Finished with a team-high seven rebounds (four offensive) and 17 points at Michigan State on 12/15 ... Scored 14 points (a season low) to go with five assists (1 TO) and two steals on 12/8 vs. Purdue ... Hit 12-of-15 FTs in the last to minutes to secure the win over Illinois on 12/4 and finished with a season-best six boards and five assists ... Set a school record with eight three-point FGs on 12/1 vs. Kansas ... Connected on a career-best 11-of-22 FGs to finish with a career-high 34 points on 12/1 vs. Kansas ... Poured in a career-high 28 points at No. 23 Texas to go with five boards, six assists and two steals ... Shot 9-of-16 (.563) from three-point range in NYC ... Named Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic Most Valuable Player after totaling 23 points and five assists in the win over No. 5 Florida on 11/9 ... Logged 40 minutes in the win over No. 2 Maryland on 11/8, scoring a game-high 23 points.
2000-01 (Sophomore): Declared for the NBA Draft on April 11, but did not sign with an agent ... After going through pre-draft camps, he withdrew his name from draft consideration on June 12 without losing NCAA eligibility ... Along with Gilbert Arenas, formed one of the best one-two backcourt combos in the country ... All-NCAA Midwest Regional selection ... An Honorable Mention AP All-American ... Led the team with 76 treys ... Averaged 12.5 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists in NCAA Tournament play ... Ended a streak of 11 straight games with at least two treys on 1/4 vs. California ... Had streak of one trey in 24 straight games end at Washington on 1/13 ... Led the team with 147 assists ... Had five games this season with 20+ minutes and zero turnovers ... Team is 24-5 in Gardner's career when he collects at least five assists in a game ... Scored in double figures in 20 of 36 games ... Finished his sophomore season ranked seventh in career three-point field goal attempts (400) and eighth in career three-point field goals (146) ... His 2000-01 totals of 207 three-point attempts and 76 treys ranked fourth and tied for sixth, respectively, on the UA single-season lists ... Played all 40 minutes for the ninth time in his career (first in 2001) in the National Championship game vs. Duke on 4/2, scoring seven points (2-of-11 FG) ... Scored a game-high 21 points to go with three steals in the National Semifinal win over Michigan State on 3/31 ... Buried two key second half treys and went 7-for-11 from the line to go with five rebounds and five assists vs. Illinois in the Regional Final on 3/25 ... Hit all six shot from the line to finish with 10 points vs. Mississippi on 3/23 ... Hit a key trey to start an 11-2 run to end the first half vs. Butler on 3/18 en route to 12 points ... Scored seven points to go with three assists and two steals on 3/16 vs. Eastern Illinois ... Totaled eight points, three assists and no turnovers on 3/10 at California, including the tie-breaking trey with 59 seconds remaining ... Collected eight points, four boards and two assists in the win at Stanford on 3/8 ... Tallied second career double-double with 11 points and 10 assists on 3/3 vs. Oregon ... Held scoreless for the first time in his career on 3/1 vs. Oregon State, but passed out a game-high four assists ... Scored six points and passed out four assists in 30 minutes at Arizona State on 2/21 ... Bounced back with 18 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go with five boards and three steals on 2/17 at USC ... Passed out six assists with no turnovers in 38 minutes at UCLA on 2/15, but 0-for-8 from the floor and scored four points ... Scored 12 points and added six assists (no turnovers) on 2/10 vs. Washington State ... Equaled a season-high with seven assists to go with three steals vs. Washington on 2/8 ... Passed out five assists and grabbed three boards on 2/3 at Oregon State ... Hit just 1-of-9 FG, but equaled a season high with six boards at Oregon on 2/1 ... Finished with eight points, four assists, two steals and no turnovers vs. Texas on 1/27 ... Connected on 6-of-8 treys to finish with 22 points on 1/24 vs. Arizona State ... Hit just 1-of-11 FGs on 1/20 vs. UCLA, but added five assists, four boards and two steals in the effort ... Scored 15 of his 17 points vs. USC on 1/18 in the second half to go with six assists and no turnovers in a season-high 37 minutes, including three key second-half treys ... Set new season highs of seven assists, five steals and one block at Washington on 1/13 ... Tallied 16 points (6-of-10 FG), six rebounds and six assists on 1/11 vs. Washington State ... Scored 12 points and added four assists vs. Stanford on 1/6 ... Hit two key FTs with 30 seconds to go to help defeat California on 1/4 ... Collected six points, three assists and two steals on 12/30 vs. Mississippi State ... Hit three treys to go with three assists and a steal in a 13-point effort vs. Butler on 12/28 ... Collected 16 points (4-of-5 3-pt. FGs), five assists and four boards in the win over LSU on 12/20 ... Tallied 13 points, four assists and three steals on 12/16 vs. Illinois ... Equaled a season-high with six assists to go with 10 points (4-of-7 FG) and two steals on 12/9 at Connecticut ... Scored a team-high 17 points (6-of-11 FGs) to go with a season-best six assists, five boards and two steals on 12/2 vs. Saint Mary's ... Was 3-of-6 from behind the arc with a season-best five assists vs. Gonzaga on 11/29 ... Grabbed a season-high six boards on 11/25 vs. Purdue to go with four assists and 14 points ... Earned all-tournament honors at the Maui Invitational after averaging 15.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists ... Exploded for a career-high 25 points in the win over Illinois on 11/22, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range ... Scored 18 of those 25 vs. the Illini in the first half and clinched the game with two FTs with 12 seconds remaining ... Swung the momentum to the UA side with a trey at the halftime buzzer vs. Dayton on 11/21 and finished with a season-high five assists ... Opened the season with 12 points vs. Chaminade on 11/20.
1999-2000 (Freshman): Named the 2000 National Freshman of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association, Basketball Times and Basketball News, ESPN.com and Dick Vitale... Became the first Arizona freshman to be named to the All-Pac-10 first team... Started every game but one at point guard and averaged 12.6 ppg, 4.8 apg and 3.7 rpg... Basketball Times Freshman All-America first team... Named to its All-America third team as well... In addition to being selected to the All-Pac-10 first team, he was also an All-Pac-10 Freshmen first team performer... NABC All-District 15 second team... His 70 three-pointers were the eighth-best single season total at the UA... His 193 three-point attempts were sixth-most... Scored in double figures 25 times with a career-high 25 points coming at USC... Came up big in the biggest games... Scored 22 points in the win at No. 1 Stanford... Netted 20 at home against then-No. 5 and eventual national champion Michigan State... 20 points, six assists, four rebounds in the win at UCLA... Scored 18 points at No. 9 Texas... Had a double-double against UCLA in Tucson with 16 points and 11 assists... Also had a career-best seven steals in that game... All seven steals came in the first half... A fine all-around game at Arizona State, scoring 16 points to go with seven assists, four steals and four rebounds... Played a part in the defensive scheme that held ASU's Eddie House to only eight points... Played all 45 minutes in the overtime game at Oregon State... Came back two days later and scored 22 points at Oregon, even though he missed the morning shoot-around due to an upset stomach... At one point during a six-game span in Pac-10 play, he saw action in 223 of a possible 240 minutes and committed just six turnovers... A member of the Preseason NIT All-Tournament team... Scored 10 points with four steals, three assists and three rebounds in the title game in over Kentucky... Made 18 consecutive free throws before missing (at UCLA to at LSU).
High School: Came to Arizona after winning the prestigious Mr. Basketball award for the state of Indiana... McDonald's All-American and second team Parade All-American as a senior... Led North Central High School to the Indiana State 4A Championship and the Indiana Tournament of Champions title as well... The 4A division is the top level of high school athletics in Indiana... Averaged 22.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.0 apg, 3.0 spg as a senior... Also named the Indianapolis city Player of the Year by the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis News... In the state semifinal game of his senior year, he scored 29 points with eight rebounds, four assists a hit a buzzer-beating three-pointer to send the game into overtime... Three days later he played in the McDonald's All-American game and then returned to Indianapolis for the state title game two days later... He scored 24 points and had five assists as North Central beat Elkhart Central in the RCA Dome for the championship... He added 49 points in the two games of the Tournament of Champions, which pits the four teams who won the Indiana 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A titles... As Mr. Basketball, he scored 31 points, including the final seven, to lead the Indiana All-Stars to a 94-91 victory over Kentucky and give Indiana its first sweep of the two-game series in nine years ... His efforts landed him in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd" on July 19, 1999 ... Two-time Gatorade Circle of Champions Indiana Player of the Year (1998 & 1999)... As a junior, he was the Indiana state player of the year by USA Today and Gatorade Circle of Champions after averaging 21.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, and 2.4 apg... Shot 50% from the floor and 40% from the three-point line... Parade fourth-team All-America as a junior, as well as a Associated Press All-State third team selection... Scored 20 or more points in 13 of the team's 21 games... A member of the honor roll during high school... Named the Indianapolis Star Player of the Year as a sophomore after averaging 15.3 ppg, 4.2 apg, 3.1 rpg and leading his team to a 22-4 record... Started every game for North Central HS since his freshman season... All-time leading scorer at North Central High School (1,699 pts) and set five other school records... A teammate of former Wildcat Michael Wright when the two were members of the gold medal winning USA Basketball Junior World Championship Qualifying team in the summer of 1998... High school coach, Doug Mitchell, was an assistant at Butler University with former UA assistant coach, Jay John.
Total 3-Point Rebounds
Year GP-GS Min/Avg FG-FGA Pct FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct Off-Def Tot Avg PF-FO Ast TO Blk Stl Pts/Avg
1999-00 34-33 1244/36.6 118-312 .378 70-193 .363 121-166 .729 15-110 125 3.7 69-1 162 97 2 55 427/12.6
2000-01 36-36 1165/32.4 114-299 .381 76-207 .367 89-110 .809 22-87 109 3.0 62-0 147 63 2 59 393/10.9
2001-02 34-34 1298/38.2 197-463 .425 106-276 .384 192-240 .800 27-73 100 2.9 62-1 155 96 0 53 692/20.4
2002-03 32-32 1118/34.9 146-372 .392 66-199 .332 114-147 .776 16-112 128 4.0 48-0 158 91 0 58 472/14.8
TOTAL 136-135 4825/35.5 575-1446 .398 318-875 .363 516-663 .778 80-382 462 3.4 241-2 622 347 4 225 1984/14.6
Points: 34, twice, last, vs. Oregon State, 1/6/2002
Rebounds: 8, vs. USC, 2/17/2000
Field Goals: 11, vs. Kansas, 12/1/2001
Field Goal Attempts: 22, vs. Kansas, 12/1/2001
3-Point Field Goals: 8, vs. Kansas, 12/1/2001
3-Point Field Goal Attempts: 16, vs. Kansas, 12/1/2001
Free Throws: 12, three times, last, vs. UC-Santa Barbara, 3/14/2002
Free Throw Attempts: 15, vs. Illinois, 12/4/2001
Assists: 11, vs. UCLA, 2/19/2000
Steals: 7, vs. UCLA, 2/19/2000
Blocked Shots: 1, four times, last, vs. Michigan State, 3/31/2001
Minutes Played: 45, at Oregon State, 3/2/2000