Jason Corey Gardner ( born November 14, 1980 in Indianapolis, Indiana ) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. The EWE Baskets Oldenburg Gardner was awarded the 2009 German champion and MVP of the highest German league basketball league.
The only 1,78 m tall and 85 kg Guard played during his studies in his native country from 1999 to 2003 for the prestigious Wildcats of the University of Arizona in the NCAA. With the team he reached the finals of the 2001 NCAA national finals, which, however, went to Jr., among others, Shane Battier and Mike Dunleavy lost to the Blue Devils of Duke University. Although Gardner was honored in his final game year in the NCAA as an All - American and the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award was awarded to the best player with a height of not more than 183 cm, he was not taken in the Entry Draft of the highest endowed professional league NBA. Then Gardner began his professional career in Europe, playing for the Slovenian champion Krka from Novo mesto KK, the disappointing section that season 2003/ 04. After a season in Belgium for Telindus Oostende from Gardner was active in the 2005/06 season in the Israeli Ligat ha Al Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan from.
For the season 2006/2007 Gardner joined the Telekom Baskets Bonn of the German Basketball Bundesliga. With his team, he lost in the first play-off round just in five games against the eventual champions Brose Baskets Bamberg. For the following season, he moved to league rivals EWE Baskets from Oldenburg, with whom he was in the play- offs beat the defending champions Brose Baskets in the first round. In the semifinal series then you failed in the later master ALBA Berlin. For the second year in Oldenburg, it was enough then 2009 for the first league title for the club after you could very nearly defeated in the final seconds of the last final series game his former team Telekom Baskets Bonn. Previously, Gardner had already been elected MVP of the BBL season 2008 /09. The following year Gardner was especially early in the season by injuries and could eventually end of the season at his former level of performance not connect, in which the defending champion and main round first EWE Baskets surprisingly failed in the first round of the play -offs in 2009/10. After the disappointing departure of Gardner's contract was not renewed in Oldenburg.
Gardner ended his active career in 2010 then, after he got no such contract deals more according to his injuries and was basketball coach. After working for a high school team his hometown, he was assistant coach in 2011 at the Ramblers Loyola University Chicago. After two years he moved to the same position with the Tigers of the University of Memphis. After only one year, he returned in 2014 to his native city and was in charge of the Jaguars coach of the Indiana University -Purdue University Indianapolis ( IUPUI ), which play as a member of the Summit League also in Division I of the NCAA.