Updated on 2/8/23. Written by Alan Lu.
Classification: Fifth-Year Senior
Projected Draft Range: Likely Undrafted
Decent low post scorer
Decent mid-range shooter
Adequate scorer off the dribble
Sets solid screens for his teammates on offense
Has solid strength
Needs to improve his three-point shooting
Reluctant to take threes
Needs to improve his passing ability
Can have lapses defensively
Not an elite athlete
Can struggle against length and athleticism
Jayden Gardner is a strong, physical forward that can take opponents off the dribble to score, and he also has a reliable mid-range shot. Last year, he played very well in his team’s February 7th win over Duke, and he and his team played tough, swarming defense on Paolo Banchero, as they limited him to just 9 points.
Gardner is a productive forward that has excelled at the collegiate level, but he will need to add a reliable three-point shot to his arsenal and he will need to improve his playmaking skills. Currently, Gardner projects to be a borderline second round candidate for the 2023 draft.
The Daily Progress’ on Gardner’s Strong Defensive Performance in Virginia’s 2/7/22 Win Over Duke
YouTube’s Highlights of the 2/7/22 Virginia-Duke Game via Matthew Loves Ball
2/7/23 Virginia vs. NC State
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