2013-14 Season Notes: Recipient of the Most Valuable Performer Award ... Earned BIG EAST Sixth Man of the Year award for the second straight year ... All-BIG EAST Second Team ... Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team selection ... Boasted a game-high 21 points vs. St. John's (March 8) ... One of three MU players to record a double-double in a double-overtime loss at Providence (March 4), tallying 15 points and 10 rebounds ... Registered a team-high 26 points (including 18 points in the second half) in the win vs. Georgetown (Feb. 22), finishing 8-of-10 from the field including shooting 10-of-12 from the free throw line and grabbing seven rebounds ... Scored a team-high 22 points in the overtime win at DePaul (Feb. 22), finishing with 22 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field and 12-of-16 shooting from the free throw line including five rebounds ... Was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line and finished with 16 points vs. Xavier (Feb. 15) ... Limited to just five field goal attempts but went 10-of-11 from the free throw line in a win at Seton Hall (Feb. 11) and finished with 16 points in 20 minutes to lead all bench players ... Posted 13 points and five rebounds in comeback win over Butler (Feb. 4) ... Led MU in scoring with 14 points vs. Providence (Jan. 30) ... Named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Jan. 28) ... Poured in a career-high 29 points and posted a season-high 13 rebounds vs. Villanova (Jan. 25) ... Led MU with a team-high 20 points (including 8-of-8 from the free throw line) and dished out a career-high five assists in overtime win at Georgetown (Jan. 20) ... Played a career-high 42 minutes in overtime loss at Butler (Jan. 18) and tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds for his team-leading third double-double of the season ... Played 37 minutes at Xavier (Jan. 9) and led the team in scoring for the second straight game with 19 points ... Earned his first start of the season vs. DePaul (Jan. 4) and poured in a game-high 28 points, including 9-of-14 shooting from the field and 10-of-11 from the foul line; became the 45th player in MU history to eclipse the 1,000 point mark for his career ... Went 4-of-5 from the field and finished with 10 points vs. Samford (Dec. 28) ... Scored 10 points and had a season-high two steals vs. Ball State (Dec. 17) ... Named to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after making a career-high 10 field goals on 14 attempts and added 11 rebounds vs. IUPUI (Dec. 14) in recording his second double-double of the season ... Shot 7-of-13 from the field and scored 16 points at Wisconsin (Dec. 7) ... Collected eight rebounds vs. San Diego State (Dec. 1) in the championship game of The Wooden Legacy ... Made eight field goals for the second straight outing while recording a game-high 20 points vs. George Washington (Nov. 29), and five of his nine rebounds came on the offensive glass; also registered two blocks and a steal in the winning effort ... Tallied 18 points, while recording eight field goals (on 11 attempts), and finished with nine rebounds, two assists and a block at Cal State Fullerton (Nov. 28) ... Recorded his first double-double of the season at Arizona State (Nov. 25) with a game-high 12 rebounds (also a team single-game high) in addition to a team-best 18 points; shot 7-of-13 from the field and knocked down his first 3-pointer of the season in the loss to the Sun Devils ... Had 10 points, six rebounds, two blocks and a steal vs. Ohio State (Nov. 16) ... Pitched in 10 points and six boards in win over Grambling State (Nov. 12) ... Went 5-of-7 from the field and converted on a career-high 15 of his 20 free throw attempts while pouring in 25 points in the season opener vs. Southern (Nov. 8).
2012-13 Season Notes: Named to the NCAA All-East Region Team ...Received the BIG EAST Sixth Man Award and All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention ... Named the team's Sixth Man of the Year at postseason banquet ... Finished with 14 points in 16 minutes in season opener vs. Colgate (Nov. 11) ... Led MU in scoring with a season-high 18 points vs. Southeastern Louisiana (Nov. 13) ... Added 12 points, seven rebounds and a block vs. Butler (Nov. 19) ... Notched MU's first double-double of the season with a 15-point, 12-rebound effort vs. Mississippi State (Nov. 20) ... Was 6-of-6 from the free throw line and chipped in 12 points and six rebounds vs. USC (Nov. 21) ... Finished with a career-high five steals and added 13 points vs. UMBC (Nov. 26) ... Led MU with a team-high three blocks and eight rebounds vs. Wisconsin (Dec. 8) to go along with 10 points ... Was a perfect 9-of-9 from the charity stripe and 5-of-6 from the field to lead the team in scoring with 19 points vs. LSU (Dec. 22), while also recording three rebounds and matching a career-best five steals ... Tallied 10 points, six of which came from the foul line, two assists and a rebound vs. North Carolina Central (Dec. 29) ... Led Marquette with 18 points and three blocked shots vs. UConn (Jan. 1), while chipping in six rebounds and dishing out an assist ... Paced the team in scoring for the second-straight game, scoring 12 points vs. Georgetown (Jan. 5) and recording seven rebounds and an assist ... Named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Jan. 7) ... Went a perfect 6-of-6 from the field to score 13 points and led MU with eight rebounds at Pittsburgh (Jan. 12) ... Scored a team-high 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe vs. Seton Hall (Jan. 16), while also tallying five rebounds, two assists and a steal ... Made and attempted a career-high 13-of-15 free throws at Cincinnati (Jan. 19) to collect a double-double on 15 points and 11 rebounds ... Posted 13 points, five rebounds and two blocks vs. Providence (Jan. 26) ... Chipped in 13 points, including seven from the charity stripe, vs. DePaul (Feb. 9) to go along with three rebounds and an assist ... Knocked down 6-of-6 free throws and tallied 14 points vs. Pittsburgh (Feb. 16), while chipping in four rebounds and a pair of assists ... Went 6-of-10 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line to contribute 18 points at Seton Hall (Feb. 19), in addition to grabbing five rebounds ... Propelled MU past Syracuse (Feb. 25) by scoring a career-high 26 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the field and 12-of-13 from the foul line, grabbing a game-high eight rebounds and dished out a pair of assists in a season-best 33 minutes of action ... Shot 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from the field and finished with 14 points and four rebounds in MU's Sweet 16 win over Miami (March 28) ... Matched a season-high 33 minutes played in Elite Eight loss to Syracuse (March 30), grabbing a team-high eight rebounds, while also scoring 14 points.
2011-12 Season Notes:Played 18 minutes in the season opener vs. Mount St. Mary's (Nov. 11) and contributed eight points off the bench in the winning effort ... Tallied a career-high two blocks vs. Winthrop (Nov. 18) ... Scored 15 points, including perfect 9-of-9 shooting from the free throw line, vs. Mississippi (Nov. 20) ... Scored eight points and picked up seven rebounds in 14 minutes of action at Wisconsin (Dec. 3) ... Earned his first collegiate start vs. Green Bay (Dec. 10) in place of the injured Chris Otule; posted a career-high four steals and added seven rebounds in win over the Phoenix ... Scored 14 points while shooting 3-of-4 from the field and 8-of-9 from the free throw line vs. Northern Colorado (Dec. 17) ... Handed out a career- and game-high four assists in win over Milwaukee (Dec. 22) ... Registered his first collegiate double-double vs. Villanova (Jan. 1) with 13 points and 10 rebounds, including six offensive boards and three steals ... Played 31 minutes at Georgetown (Jan. 4), tallying 11 points, four rebounds and three steals ... Was 4-of-5 from the field and scored nine points at Syracuse (Jan. 7) ... Had a career night vs. St. John's (Jan. 11), posting his second double-double of the season with a game-high 22 points and 15 rebounds, both career highs; his 15 boards against the Red Storm was the most rebounds by an MU player in a game since Jan. 24, 2009 (Lazar Hayward, 17) ... Finished with seven points and six rebounds, including a pair of free throws near the end of regulation, to help MU seal a victory over Pittsburgh (Jan. 14) ... Scored 17 points, including 7-of-7 shooting from the foul line, and added six rebounds in come-from-behind win over Louisville (Jan. 16) ... Named to BIG EAST weekly Honor Roll (Jan. 16) ... Shot 5-of-7 from the field and finished with 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds vs. USF (Jan. 24) ... Suffered left knee sprain vs. Villanova (Jan. 28) and missed eight games due to injury ... Returned from injury vs. Georgetown (Mar. 3) and contributed eight points and eight rebounds in 15 minutes off the bench ... Led all bench players with 15 points while shooting 7-of-8 from the foul line vs. BYU (Mar. 15); also added six rebounds, including four offensive boards and two assists ... Scored six consecutive points during a clutch 10-2 MU run, helping key the Golden Eagles' come-from-behind win vs. Murray State (Mar. 17) ... Grabbed four offensive rebounds and chipped in seven points vs. Florida (Mar. 22).
2010-11 Season Notes: Recorded a career-high 17 points in his first collegiate game on perfect 7-for-7 shooting from the field vs. Prairie View A&M (Nov. 12) in addition to five rebounds and a pair of blocks ... Scored seven of his 11 points vs. Bucknell during a 24-0 run by MU, helping the Golden Eagles rally for the win after coming back from a 13-point deficit ... Scored all 11 of his points vs. Green Bay (Nov. 17) in the second half ... Left with an arm injury after playing just two minutes vs. South Dakota (Nov. 20) ... Contributed nine points and four rebounds vs. Duke (Nov. 22) ... Scored 10 points vs. Texas A&M-CC (Dec. 7) after missing the previous three games due to injury ... Went 5-of-6 from the free throw line and 2-of-2 from the floor for nine points in a career-high 18 minutes vs. Wisconsin (Dec. 11) ... One of three MU players to score in double figures with 12 points vs. Georgetown (Feb. 13) before fouling out in the second half ... Played 11 minutes vs. Seton Hall (Feb. 19) and finished with seven points, six rebounds and a pair of assists ... Tallied nine points and matched a career-high with seven rebounds in win over Providence (Mar. 8) in opening round at BIG EAST Championship, followed by 10 points on a perfect night from the floor (4-of-4) in a second-round upset over West Virginia (Mar. 9) ... Scored 16 points vs. North Carolina (Mar. 25) in the NCAA Regional Semifinal, including six field goals on a career-high nine field attempts.
High School: Concluded his three-year varsity career at King's Fork High School in Suffolk, Va., with 1,431 points and 992 rebounds under head coach Josh Worrell ... Became just the third player in school history to collect more than 1,000 points ... Was an All-Eastern Region selection in 2009-10 after helping the Bulldogs to their second-straight district championship and third-straight district tournament title ... Also voted the city's player of the year and was tabbed to the all-city team ... Program claimed 48-straight wins in district action, finished the year 24-3 overall and saw its season end with a triple-overtime setback in the regional quarterfinals ... Tabbed to the Virginia High School Coaches Association Group AAA All-State Team and all-district squad (second-straight year) as a senior ... Averaged 22.2 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game ... Collected 21 double-doubles in 27 outings ... As a junior in 2008-09, was a second team all-state honoree and helped King's Fork to the Group AAA state championship ... Team claiming a 49-47 win over Williams Fleming HS in the title matchup ... Averaged 15.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest that season for the Bulldogs, who finished the season 31-1 overall ... King's Fork claimed the district tourney title in 2007-08, his first campaign with the varsity squad.
Personal: Born September 2, 1991 in Suffolk, Va. ... Son of Audie and Sheila Gardner ... Mother played basketball at Elizabeth City State University ... majoring in communication studies.