"They really stayed on him recruiting wise," Homewood coach Tim Shepler said. The Seahawks were able to sell Gardner on the idea of becoming the next Brett Blizzard.
Last season, as a junior, Gardner averaged 15.2 points, shot 40% from downtown and had 4.3 assists and 4 rebounds. He's a two-time camper at the Nike All-American Camp.
In the end, Gardner passed on some high-majors to play at the mid-major level where he projects as an excellent talent. He was UNC-W's top guard recruit in the Class of 2005.
"I think he's confident that he could play at any level, but I think he feels like he wants the opportunity to go in and really play immediately," Shepler said.