Ken Gardner

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Kenneth Kay Gardner (born September 27, 1949 in Ogden, Utah) is a retired American basketball player. He is best known for playing for the now-defunct French club AS Berck, with which he won the French National Championship in 1973 and 1974.[1] Gardner went on to play for the also defunct Nice BC of the LNB (French National Basketball League) and the Utah Stars of the ABA.[2] Gardner was twice named the best American player in France during his five-year career there,[3] during which he averaged 22.8 points per game.[4] His 6,012 career points still rank in the top 100 among all-time scorers in the French league.[5]

Gardner played for the University of Utah in college and ranks top ten in points per game and top five in rebounds per game in the school's history.[6] Gardner was one of only two unanimous selections to the Western Athletic Conference all-conference basketball team in 1971.[7] Gardner was also 2nd Team all-conference as a Junior in 1970.[8] He was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1970 Utah Classic after leading the Utes with 25 points and 20 rebounds in a win over the University of Washington in the championship game.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Legende 73](French language website commemorating the 30th anniversary of AS Berck's first championship)[". Association Légende 73. 
  2. ^ "Utah Stars Team Roster". RememberTheABA.com. Archived from the original on 2009-02-23. 
  3. ^ Drew, Jay (February 24, 1993). "Gardners Hoping History Repeats Itself--Sort Of". The Salt Lake Tribune, February 24, 1993, p. D1. 
  4. ^ "Classement des plus grands joueurs du championnat de France du 81° au 90° ](French language website that details the history of basketball in France)[". www.basketballarchives.fr. 
  5. ^ "Classement des plus grands joueurs du championnat de France ](French language website that lists the top scorers in league history)[". www.basketballarchives.fr. 
  6. ^ "Men's Basketball Archives". University of Utah. Archived from the original on 2007-09-14. 
  7. ^ "Gardner Tops WAC Team". Deseret News, March 8, 1971, p. 4B. 
  8. ^ "Newlin Paces WAC Picks". Deseret News, March 2, 1970, p. 6B. 
  9. ^ "Ute's Show Season's Best Cohesion". Deseret News, December 21, 1970, p. 6D.