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Full Name: Jason Corey Gardner
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 5-10 (1.78 m)/ 191 (86.6 kg)
Birthdate: November 14, 1980 (Indianapolis, Ind.)
High School: North Central HS (Indianapolis, Ind.)
College: Arizona

Arizona
SeasonGGSFGMFGAPCTFTMFTAPCTREBASTSTLBLPTSAVG
1999-003433118312.378121166.72912516255242712.6
2000-013636114299.38189110.80910914759239310.9
2001-023434197463.425192240.80010015553069220.4
2002-033232146372.392114147.77612815858047214.8
Totals1361355751446.398516663.7784626222254198414.6
Three-point field goals: 1999-00, 70-for-193 (.363); 2000-01, 76-for-207 (.367); 2001-02, 106-for-276 (.384); 2002-03, 66-for-199 (.332). Totals: 318-for-875 (.363).

Originally an early entry candidate for 2001 NBA Draft before withdrawing and returning to Arizona.

Career Highlights: Named Second Team All-America by AP as a senior and Third Team All-America as a junior. Named Honorable Mention All-America by AP after sophomore and freshman seasons. As a senior, named the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award winner as the nationís best player six feet and under. Selected to All-Pac-10 First Team after freshman, junior and senior seasons, becoming first freshman to receive that honor. As a freshman, was consensus National Freshman of the Year. Helped Arizona to NCAA Tournament four times, losing to Duke in 2001 NCAA championship game. Led Arizona in minutes played all four seasons. Arizonaís career leader in games and minutes played and in three-point field goals and attempts. Finished second in steals and free throws made and third in points, assists and free throw attempts.

Senior (2002-03): Led Wildcats to NCAA Elite Eight. Led well-balanced team in minutes, scoring (14.8 ppg), assists (4.9 apg), steals (1.81 spg), free throws made and attempted and three-pointers made and attempted. Delivered two great games vs. Kansas: 23 points in loss in Elite Eight game, following 23-point, seven-rebound, six-assist effort in regular-season win.

Junior (2001-02): Led young Arizona squad to Sweet Sixteen. Averaged team-leading 20.4 points and led team in minutes (38.2 mpg), steals (1.56 spg) and was second in assists (4.6 apg) and free throw percentage (.800). Led team in field goals made and attempted, free throws made and attempted and three-pointers made and attempted. Poured in a career-high 34 points vs. Kansas on 11-of-22 field goal shooting.

Sophomore (2000-01): Led team with 147 assists (4.1 apg) and 76 three-point field goals and finished second with 59 steals (1.6 spg). Topped team in minutes played (32.4 mpg). Committed only 63 turnovers, giving him a better than 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. In NCAA Tournament, named to the All-Midwest Regional Team and averaged 12.5 points. Played all 40 minutes vs. Duke in NCAA championship game, recording seven points and two assists.

Freshman (1999-00): Led with 36.6 mpg and in assists (162, 4.8 apg), and was second on team in steals with 55 (1.6 spg). Named to Preseason NIT All-Tournament Team.

Strengths: Makes very good decisions with the ball and has the quickness to penetrate into the lane for the shot or pass.

Personal: Was named Mr. Basketball for state of Indiana and helped North Central HS to the state championship.