Former Tiger Thomas Gardner Seeing NBA Dreams Come True

MUTIGERS.COM Thomas Gardner earned the 15th roster spot for the Chicago Buls.
Thomas Gardner earned the 15th roster spot for the Chicago Buls.

Oct. 24, 2007

Chicago, Ill. - Thomas Gardner is a Chicago Bull. Citing an article published today on, the online home of the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Head Coach Scott Skiles confirmed that Gardner won the Bulls' 15th roster spot and signed a non-guaranteed contract to play with the club.

Gardner earned the spot following an outstanding preseason, which saw him make four starts (in five games) and average 7.6 points in 18.0 minutes per contest. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard earned the preseason consideration after strong stints on Chicago's summer league teams in Orlando and Utah. Gardner averaged 9.2 points and 1.2 boards in five games in Orlando, before pacing the club with 17.3 points at the Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Last season the Portland, Ore., native played in 34 games for Verviers-Pepinster in Belgium. He averaged 12.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting 50-percent from the floor.

A former All-Big 12 performer for the Tigers, Gardner finished his Mizzou career with 1,067 points and averaged a career high 19.7 points as a junior. The guard scored a career high 40 points in a memorable 89-86 overtime win over Kansas, which stands as the most points ever scored in Mizzou Arena history. Gardner finished his junior campaign by earning All-District recognition from the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the United States Basketball Writers of America and was named the Top Shooter in the Big 12 Conference by Sports Illustrated.



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