Missouri Gets Next Visit
Thomas Gardner of the Inner City Players closed the summer with a bang. Our west, he hit up the Michigan Hurricanes for 45 one night. "I had 9 or 10 3-pointers and the rest were layups and free throws," Gardner said.
The Jefferson standout was a hot commodity after averaging 15 points a game for a very good high school team. Then, his profile increased this spring and summer. Right now, his list reads UConn, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Michigan State. Gardner feels like each school has offered, though he wasn't aware of Shannon Brown's recent commitment to MSU.
One school has increased its intensity on him during and since the summer. "Missouri," Gardner said. "They've been at like every game and every trip I've been to."
The Tigers have moved to bring him onto campus. They'll do so the weekend of Sept. 6 for an official visit. The trip will be Gardner's second of the year. In June, he visited UConn's campus.
"The [UConn] coaching staff and players made me feel welcome. It was like a family type environment. They heard I was interested in them and they came after me."
Prior to the summer, we recognized Gardner as one of the Top 50 players in the country, but overall, his national buzz has been slow in developing. "You can say that. I feel that I am [underrated] to be honest. West Coast players don't get as much exposure as the East Coast."
But, Gardner learned that if you score 45 in a game, everyone hears on each coast.