Gardner's Three Finalists

Three schools in the Big East and Big 12 are the finalists for Thomas Gardner, one of the top scoring wings in the west...

Thomas Gardner, 6-4 SR SG Portland (Ore.) Jefferson, told us yesterday that he'll choose from UConn, Missouri and Kansas.

Gardner has already visited UConn. The trip was back in June, though, and we asked for his impressions now that he's had some time to reflect on it. "I have a great impression of UConn," Gardner said. "I had a very good trip there."

Missouri will be the next official visit for Gardner -- he'll visit the Tiger campus on September 6th. As for Kansas, Gardner said, "the next time they call, we'll set up an official visit."

Gardner told us the environment in a program will play a big role in his decision. "I'm looking for a family type environment. I'll just go with my gut feeling. Early playing time could be an issue as well."

When asked for a timeframe on his decision, Gardner said, "probably the end of September."

Gardner told us he needs 10 more points on his SAT, having scored 820 on his first attempt.


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