Jayden Gardner

Created on 2/8/22.  Written by Alan Lu.

Height: 6-6
Weight: 240
College: Virginia
Classification: Senior
Birthdate: 5/14/2000

Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted

Pros:

Decent scorer off the dribble
Decent mid-range shooter
Sets solid screens for his teammates on offense
Solid rebounder
Decent defender
Has solid strength

Cons:

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

Summary:

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.  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 2022 draft.

Links:
RealGM Profile
NBADraft.Net Profile
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

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