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ECU Transfer Jayden Gardner Interested in Vols

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A name to watch in the transfer portal

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Per a KNS tweet, there is mutual interest between Tennessee and ECU transfer Jayden Gardner.

Let me save you a clink on that link — it’s behind a paywall, so unless you’re a News-Sentinel subscriber, you can’t see it.

Gardner is a 6-foot-7 forward who has started 79 of his career 81 games. He led ECU last season in both points and rebounds per game at 18.9 and 9.2, respectively. I haven’t seen any film on him, but his career low in rebounds per game was last season with 8.3. That bodes well as a possible addition for the Vols as they’ve struggled, uhh... struggled... on the boards during the last two seasons.

He’s a career 50-percent shooter from the field during his three-ish seasons of ball at ECU, but the numbers seem to suggest, at 6-foot-7, he’s more of an old-school, undersized post rather than a wing player who can score from all three levels (inside, mid-range, 3-point range). He’s taken just 36 total 3-pointers in his career, making just nine for a cool 25-percent proficiency. I reckon it’s safe to say he’s not the deadeye, longball specialist that’s on every Tennessee’s wish list for this offseason. Oh well.

This is all top-layer, superficial stuff, but I wanted to get out the bare bones to you guys quickly and hopefully take a more granular look at his game in the next few days.