The senior from Indianapolis, who earlier was named All-America by the United States Basketball Writers Association and National Association of Basketball Coaches, is joined on the Wooden All-America team by Nick Collison (F, Kansas), T.J. Ford (G, Texas), Kirk Hinrich (G, Kansas), Josh Howard (F, Wake Forest), Brandin Knight (G, Pittsburgh), Emeka Okafor (F/C, Connecticut), Hollis Price (G, Oklahoma), Dwayne Wade (G, Marquette), and David West (F, Xavier).
The highest-scoring guard in Arizona history, Gardner, a 5-foot-10, 191-pound senior from Indianapolis, Ind., averaged 14.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 32 games this season. He averaged a team-best 34.9 minutes per game, shot 39.2 percent from the field, including 33.2 percent from three-point range. Gardner scored in double figures in 24 of 32 games and passed out at least five assists in a game 17 times in 2002-03. He is the only Arizona player to register at least one double-figure point, rebound and assist game this season.
Gardner was named all-Pacific-10 Conference for the third time in his career on March 10 and was a second team USBWA and NABC All-America selection. Gardner received All-America accolades nine times in his four-year career.
He is the school record holder for career games (136) and minutes (4,825) played, as well as games started (135). Gardner finished his Arizona career ranked among the career leaders in 13 statistical categories. In 136 career games played, Gardner tallied 1,984 points (14.6 ppg), 462 rebounds (3.4 rpg), 622 assists (4.6 apg) and 225 steals (1.7 spg).
The second-ranked Wildcats (28-4 overall, 17-1 Pac-10) won the 2003 Pacific-10 Conference regular season championship and qualified to the NCAA Tournament for the 19th consecutive season. Arizona advanced to the West Regional final.
John R. Wooden Award 2003 All-America Team
Player Pos. Ht. Yr. School
Nick Collison F 6-9 Sr. Kansas
T.J. Ford G 5-10 So. Texas
Jason Gardner G 5-10 Sr. Arizona
Kirk Hinrich G 6-3 Sr. Kansas
Josh Howard F 6-6 Sr. Wake Forest
Brandin Knight G 6-0 Sr. Pittsburgh
Emeka Okafor F/C 6-9 So. Connecticut
Hollis Price G 6-1 Sr. Oklahoma
Dwayne Wade G 6-4 Jr. Marquette
David West F 6-9 Sr. Xavier