Vern Gardner

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Vern Gardner
Vern Gardner.jpg
Gardner from the 1948 Utonian
Personal information
Born(1925-05-14)May 14, 1925
Afton, Wyoming
DiedAugust 26, 1987(1987-08-26) (aged 62)
Ogden, Utah
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolStar Valley (Afton, Wyoming)
CollegeUtah (1945–1949)
BAA draft1949 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors
Playing career1949–1952
PositionPower forward / Center
Career history
19491952Philadelphia Warriors
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points1,339 (8.9 ppg)
Rebounds349 (4.0 rpg)
Assists245 (1.6 apg)
Stats at

Vern B. Gardner (May 14, 1925 – August 26, 1987) was an American basketball player. He was a two-time consensus All-American at the University of Utah and played three seasons with the Philadelphia Warriors.

Vern Gardner was a 6'5 forward/center who played at Star Valley High School in Afton, Wyoming and played collegiately at the University of Utah, where he was a second team consensus All-American in 1947 and 1949. Gardner led the Utes to the NIT championship in 1947, at a time where this tournament was considered as prestigious as the NCAA Tournament is today. Gardner was named tournament MVP. His number 33 was retired by the University of Utah.[1]

After the completion of his college career, Gardner was selected in the first round of the 1949 BAA draft by the Philadelphia Warriors. Gardner played three seasons for the Warriors, averaging 8.9 points per game over his career.[2]

Following his retirement from the BAA, Gardner became a high school coach and teacher, first at his alma mater Star Valley High, then at Bonneville High School in Ogden, Utah. Gardner died of a stroke on August 26, 1987.[3]


  1. ^ 2006-07 Utah Utes men's basketball media guide
  2. ^ Vern Gardner player page
  3. ^ Brad Rock (August 27, 1987). "Vern Gardner dies, former Utah basketball standout". The Deseret News. Retrieved August 28, 2010.

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