Jason Gardner named IUPUI men's basketball coach

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IUPUI introduced former North Central standout Jason Gardner as its new men's basketball coach Wednesday.

Gardner, who won the Indiana Mr. Basketball Award title in 1999, becomes the eighth coach for the program. IUPUI's Athletic Director Michael Moore said after reviewing a large pool of candidates, "all signs pointed to Jason."

It's Gardner's first head coaching job, and he says he's "excited for the opportunity" because "it keeps you around the game of basketball and allows you the opportunity to help young men on and off the court. There are a lot of kids in the area that come from a winning heritage and we want to give them the chance to succeed within our program."

Gardener helped take the University of Memphis men's basketball team to 24-10 over the past season. He was also an assistant at Loyola.

At North Central, Gardner was a 1999 McDonald's and Parade All-American and finished his prep career with a school record 1,669 points. He was also a two-time Gatorade Circle of Champions Indiana Player of the Year and was named the 1998-1999 Indianapolis County Player of the Year, helping North Central to the IHSAA 4A state championship during his senior year.