Jason Gardner Named Second Team USBWA All-America

March 14, 2003

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball player Jason Gardner was named second team All-America in voting released by the United States Basketball Writers Association.

Gardner, the USBWA District 9 Player of the Year, was a second team honoree. He was joined on the squad by Carmelo Anthony of Syracuse, Troy Bell of Boston College, Josh Howard of Wake Forest and Kyle Korver of Creighton. It is the first time in his career that Gardner has received USBWA All-America accolades and the seventh time in his career.

Gardner, a 5-foot-10, 191-pound senior guard from Indianapolis, Ind., is averaging 14.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists through 28 games this season. He averages a team-best 34.6 minutes per game, shoots 39.3 percent from the field, including 33.3 percent from three-point range. Gardner has scored in double figures in 21 of 28 games and has passed out at least five assists in a game 15 times in 2002-03. He is the only Arizona player to register at least one double-figure point, rebound and assist game this season. Gardner was named all-Pacific-10 Conference for the third time in his career on Monday.

The top-ranked Wildcats (25-3 overall, 17-1 Pac-10) await word on the team's 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. Arizona's seed, bracket and first-round opponent will be announced on CBS-TV on Sunday, March 16.

United States Basketball Writers Association
2003 All-America Teams

First Team
Nick Collison, Kansas
T. J. Ford, Texas
Hollis Price, Oklahoma
Dwayne Wade, Marquette
David West, Xavier

Second Team
Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse
Troy Bell, Boston College
Jason Gardner, Arizona
Josh Howard, Wake Forest
Kyle Korver, Creighton

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