On Monday, one of the most talented and experienced players in the transfer portal made his decision on where he would call home next.
— Jayden Gardner (@Jayy_Baller_1) April 12, 2021
Former East Carolina standout Jayden Gardner made his pledge to commit to Tony Bennett and Virginia, after releasing a final list that included Virginia, LSU, Arkansas, NC State, and Miami. In three years at ECU, Gardner scored over 1400 points and grabbed more than 700 rebounds. The 6-foot-7, 235-pound forward dominated his competition in the AAC, and will now be taking his talents to the ACC.
“It’s really been overwhelming, Gardner told Pittsburgh Sports Now a few weeks ago after hearing from countless programs in the portal. “Obviously I went through the recruiting process before but this is now on a national level and everyone is trying to be involved. It’s a crazy feeling but you can never take for granted being wanted so that’s why I’ve been open to talk to any program that wants to talk to me. It’s really a blessing to be on this stage and to be able to play college basketball.”
Pitt made its own run to try and land Gardner, as the forward had a zoom call with the entire staff just ten days ago. However, in the end, he chose to take his talents to Pitt’s ACC-foe Virginia, where he will undoubtedly be a force for Bennett.