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Thomas Gardner 3
Thomas Gardner

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Portland, Ore.

High School:
Jefferson

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 213

Position:
Guard


* All-Big 12 Candidate *

Outlook: Gifted wing player that brings great energy, emotion and leadership to the Tigers on both ends of the floor ... A defensive catalyst that has developed into Mizzou's top perimeter and on-ball defender ... Can create his own shot and is at his best when moving towards the hoop ... Has worked on his mid-range game throughout the off-season and a consistent jumper will allow him to take strides towards becoming one of the League's more complete players ... Is a much better shooter than the 2004-05 numbers showed, as evidenced by his 85.2 percent success rate at the charity stripe over his career.

2004-05 Season: Progressed nicely throughout his sophomore campaign and finished second on the club in scoring (10.4), third in assists (66) and fourth in steals (22) ... Ranked 13th in the Big 12 Conference with 1.61 three-point field goals per game and would have been third league-wide in free throw percentage (.831) had he attempted enough charity shots ... Made starts in 13-of-33 contests and averaged 12.2 points as a member of the starting five ... Reached double figures in points 17 times, including career-high tying totals of 23 points at UNLV and in the home win vs. No. 7 Kansas ... Had a strong start to the season, registering his first career double-double with a 19-point, 12-board effort vs. Brown ... Also dished out four assists and had two steals in the win ... Returned to double digits with 18 points in a home win vs. Houston to earn Guardian's Classic Regional MVP honors ... Scored 15 second-half points vs. the Cougars thanks to a career-high tying four treys ... Scored 10 points in a win over Murray State and tied Jason Conley for team-high scoring honors with 18 points against NCAA participant Oakland ... Led the team in scoring five times, including a 14-point effort against American ... Reached double figures in 11 of the season's final 17 games, starting with an 11-point night against Texas Tech ... Canned 6-of-9 field goals en route to 17 points vs. Nebraska ... Dropped 23 points at UNLV where he hit 8-of-20 field goals and 4-of-12 triples ... Followed that with 18 points, six of which came in overtime, in a win over No. 16 Oklahoma ... Second 23-point outburst came vs. the rival Jayhawks on 8-of-13 shooting from the floor and initiated a run of four consecutive nights in double figures ... Averaged 13.0 points and three assists in Big 12 Tournament games vs. Nebraska and Oklahoma, before closing out the year with 17 points in the NIT against DePaul.

2003-04 Season: Had a very solid freshman season ... Started 14 of the Tigers' final 15 games and got the nod in 16 games overall ... Led Mizzou in scoring twice including a career-best outburst of 17 points at Iowa State and a 16-point effort at home against Kansas State ... Equaled a career best with 17 points at home against Nebraska ... Was the Tigers' top on-ball defender and often times drew the opposition's best offensive player ... Ranked third on the squad in three-point field goals made with 32 ... Was Mizzou's top free throw shooter knocking down 29-of-36 free throws (89.7 percent) ... After missing his first free throw of the year, he made 23 straight from the charity stripe from Dec. 2-Feb. 28 ... Reached double figures in scoring six times including a career-best 20-point outing against UNLV when he went 4-of-6 from three and 7-of-11 from the field ...Equaled a career-high with six rebounds against Texas Tech ... Scored seven points and grabbed three rebounds in 17 minutes against Kansas State ... Hit a huge three with 24 second left in the first overtime to force a second overtime and eventual Tiger win over Oklahoma State ... Scored a career-high 20 points (18 of which came in the first half) against UNLV ... Was one of five Tigers to reach double figures in scoring against Colorado with 11 points ... Started his fourth game for Mizzou and led the Tigers with 16 points against KSU ... Also pulled down a career-best six boards against Kansas State ... Made the third start of his career against Colorado ... was 3-of-6 from three en route to 11 points against the Buffaloes ... Equaled a career-high with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting against Nebraska ... Energized the Tigers with five rebounds, two assists and a steal against the Huskers in only 21 minutes ... Went 1-of-3 from three against Texas ... Played a season-best 25 minutes against UT ... Grabbed a career-best three steals and drained two free throws against Oklahoma State ... Had five points and two rebounds against Syracuse ... Scored eight points and was 3-of-3 from the free throw line against Texas A&M ... Was amazing against Iowa State scoring a career-best 17 points ... Was 4-of-5 from three in only 13 minutes against the Cyclones ... Scored three points and pulled down two rebounds in 14 minutes during the first start of his career against Iowa ... Handed out two assists against the Hawkeyes ... Registered 11 minutes against Gonzaga with an assist ... Had a great night against Coppin State scoring a career-best eight points including the first three of his young career while going 3-of-3 from the free-throw line ... Played a career-high 19 minutes in his debut as a Tiger against Oakland while pulling down two rebounds and playing solid defense.

High School: Averaged 24.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists his senior year at Jefferson high school in Portland, Ore., ... named the Portland Interscholastic League Player of the Year while gaining First-team All-City and All-League honors ... was named to the U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires 2003 Class 4A All Tournament First Team ... faced off earlier this year with fellow Mizzou recruit Spencer Laurie at the KMOX shootout in St. Louis and gave Mizzou fans an taste of what is to come in 03-04 with his smooth jump shot and great court savvy ... listed as one of the Top 30 players in the country by Dave Telep of InsiderHoops.com ... ranked 24th in the country according to ESPN.com in its Top 100 prospects ... under the tutelage of Oregon coaching legend Marshall Haskins, he earned Class 4A all-state honors as a junior as well.

Personal: Coached by Marshall Haskins at Jefferson High School ... lists favorite food as cereal ... favorite musical artists include Fabolous and the Diplomats ...enjoys bowling, hanging with friends and basketball ... favorite video game is March Madness 2003 ... chose Mizzou over Kansas, Oklahoma and UCONN.