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Pitt Interested in Former AAC POY, East Carolina Big Man Jayden Gardner

Pitt Interested in Former AAC POY, East Carolina Big Man Jayden Gardner

After losing multiple forwards to the transfer portal itself, Pitt is searching for reinforcements at the position, with the latest target being Jayden Gardner. 

Gardner entered the portal after finishing up a strong junior season for East Carolina University in the American Athletic Conference (AAC). After averaging 18.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, the North Carolina native was voted First Team All-AAC. As a sophomore, Gardner earned AAC Player of the Year honors. 

The 6-foot-7, 235-pound forward’s points, minutes, and rebounding averages were all good for second in the conference. While he is not much of a three-point shooter, he did shoot a solid 48% from the field, which was the lowest percentage he has shot in his career at East Carolina. 

Perhaps Gardner’s most underrated skill is his ability to get to the free-throw line and convert on his attempts there. The big man shot double-digit free-throws in six different games this season and finished the year with a 74% mark from the line.

Gardner’s dominance ever since he stepped on a college court has been astounding. His freshman year, he averaged 16.3 points and 8.5 rebounds. Sophomore season? 19.7 points and 9.2 rebounds. Junior season? 18.3 and 8.3. Through his three years at ECU, he cemented himself as one of the best all-around players that the conference has seen in recent years.

Since entering the portal, Gardner has heard from a long list of high major schools, and it will undoubtedly be a tough race to compete in for Pitt. According to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, Gardner has heard from ACC teams Pitt, Virginia Tech, Virginia, NC State, and Miami, among other high major programs. 

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Terrence Otoole
Terrence Otoole
21 days ago

Is Capel ever going to get a commitment from anybody ,I mean there are a 1000 players in the portal ,as I see it his recruiting has been very subpar ,not a good closer at all

AMF
AMF
20 days ago

It is easy to agree with you,but if this recruiting effort by Capel takes on a life of its own, Pitt
may have a recruiting class like Johnny
Majors had in his first year.Will it happen who knows.

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