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Thomas Gardner
Full Name: Thomas Earl Gardner
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 225
Birthdate: February 8, 1985 (Portland, Ore.)
High School: Thomas Jefferson HS (Portland, Ore.)
College: Missouri
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Missouri
Season G GS FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT 3PM 3PA PCT REB AST STL BL PTS AVG
2003-04 28 16 57 153 .373 26 29 .897 32 99 .323 58 24 14 2 172 6.40
2004-05 33 13 121 333 .363 49 59 .831 53 196 .270 87 66 22 1 344 10.4
2005-06 28 28 186 434 .429 85 118 .720 94 237 .397 90 45 27 0 551 19.7
Totals 89 57 364 920 .393 160 206 .777 179 532 .336 235 135 63 3 1067 12.0

An early entry candidate for the 2006 NBA Draft.

Career Highlights: Named Third Team All-Big 12 by the league coaches as a junior. Also earned Second Team All-District honors by the NABC and the USBWA. Currently ranks 32nd on Missouriís all-time career scoring list with 1,067 points and seventh in three-point field goals made with 179.

Junior (2005-06): Led team and ranked second in the Big 12 in scoring (19.7 ppg). Also led the league in three-point field goals made per game (3.36). Season total of 94 threes made ranks as the fourth best single-season mark in school history. Scored 20 or more points 16 times, with a career-high 40 points in an overtime win vs. Kansas. Shot 13-for-22 from the field, including 7-for-14 from beyond three-point range against the Jayhawks. Sank eight threes on his way to 30 points at Davidson, and registered another 30 points vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the very next game. Posted a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds vs. UMKC. Scored 19 points and dished out a career-high seven assists vs. Oakland. Finished regular season with 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting vs. Nebraska.

Sophomore (2004-05): Averaged 10.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 28.1 minutes a contest. Ranked second on the team in scoring and third in assists. Started 13 times. Scored in double figures 17 times, with a season-high 23 points at UNLV and vs. Kansas. Led team in scoring in five contests. Registered a 19-point, 12-rebound double-double in the season opener vs. Brown. Scored 18 points in an overtime win over Oklahoma. Tallied 17 points in the post-season NIT vs. DePaul.

Freshman (2003-04): Averaged 6.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 19.9 minutes a contest. Started 16 times, including 14 out of the last 15 games of the season. Scored in double figures six times, with a season-high 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting vs. UNLV. Tallied 17 points vs. Nebraska and at Iowa State.

Strengths: Possesses deep range and a quick release on his outside shot. Has the strength to penetrate and finish at the basket.

Personal: Favorite food is cereal. Enjoys bowling and hanging out with friends in addition to basketball.