Gardner will be a Tiger

The Tigers received the oral commitment from Thomas Gardner, a 6-4, 175 lbs. shooting guard from Portland, Oregon.

Missouri found out about this athletic sharp-shooter before most. And certainly before he came out of nowhere summer before last quickly emerging on the AAU circuit. This summer only enhanced Gardner's national standing and profile. Perhaps his most impressive performance was hanging 40 points on Olu Famutimi and the Michigan Hurricanes while playing for his AAU team, the Inner City Players. Gardner, currently ranked as the #2 ranked shooting guard in the west by Prep West Hoops, will join Ousmane Konate as the first two members of the Tigers 2003 class. It is expected that the Tigers may sign two more players in this class.

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